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Armbro Cadet dead at 23

June 17, 2004

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Armbro Cadet, one of the most successful pacing stallions in the history of the state of Michigan, died suddenly on June 1 at the age of 23. After a stellar racing career, Armbro Cadet was retired to stud duty at Oldfield Farms, where he sired more than 750 foals who earned more than $32 million.

?It appears to be a heart attack or some sort of aneurysm,? Oldfield Farms manager Patti Gira told The Horseman. ?He was perfectly healthy when he went out at seven o?clock that morning, raising hell out in the paddock like he always did. We?re going to miss him.?

On the racetrack, Armbro Cadet won 32 times in 109 starts, earning $693,392. Owned by the late Richard Staley and campaigned by the father-and-son team of Doug and D.R. Ackerman, Armbro Cadet was the dominant performer in the Invitational ranks in the mid 1980s at Hazel Park. The son of Abercrombie took his mark of 1:53.2 on Sept. 19, 1985, while winning a Free-For-All Pace at Garden State Park.

?Doug always told me that the next day (after he would win) he went out to jog with his tail up over his back,? said Gira. ?He was good to an awful lot of people.?

Armbro Cadet sired 77 pacers with records of 1:55 or faster and 310 in 2:00. His richest performers were Jerry's Cadet p, 7, 1:52.2f ($784,887) and Mr. Charm p,5, 1:52.3f ($766,495), both of which are still racing. His fastest was Solar Galaxy p,5, 1:50.2.

?He is still the highest money-earning stallion in Michigan, even with these last few years when his fertility dropped,? said Gira, adding that Armbro Cadet was buried on the farm.
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