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Hurrikane Kingcole dies unexpectedly

October 08, 2019

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Hurrikane Kingcole p,3, 1:47.3 ($582,807), a son of Cam’s Card Shark known for his blazing speed, has died unexpectedly in Australia at age 10.

According to Australia’s National Trotguide website, Hurricane Kingcole was found dead in his paddock at Egmont Park Stud, the farm of Kevin and Kay Seymour. In announcing the stallion’s death, Kevin Seymour noted that Hurricane Kingcole was “very well patronized in Australia with owners having high expectations for his progeny. It is the most disappointing occurrences in my 50 years of breeding.”

No cause of death was immediately known, but an autopsy was planned.

Bred by Fred Hertrich III, Hurrikane Kingcole was sold for just $10,000 as a yearling to Hurrikane Racing. He was campaigned in North America mostly by trainer John McDermott’s Hurrikane Racing, Kuhen Racing, Jonathan Klee Racing and Mitchell Cohen. With McDermott handling the colt’s training, Hurrikane Kingcole quickly showed extreme speed, winning in 1:56.4--:26.3 last quarter—in a June 4 baby race. He went on to finish third to Sweet Lou and A Rocknroll Dance in the 2011 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace at Woodbine.

At age three Hurrikane Kingcole failed to make the cut for the Meadowlands Pace final, but wowed the sport when he won the consolation in 1:47.3 by a whopping 8 ¾ lengths. He raced at ages four, five and six, retiring after just two starts at age six and finishing his racing career with a record of 49-14-4-6.

Hurrikane Kingcole has nine foals in North America, with Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Hurrikane Emperor p2, 1:49.3 ($369,476) and Hurrikane Empress p,3, 1:52 ($219,902) the most successful. Both are out of the broodmare Hurrikane Schmumma.

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