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Stallion Donerail dies in Denmark at age 25

April 12, 2017

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Donerail, a colt who was poised an early favorite to win the 1995 Hambletonian but instead left his mark as a filly sire and broodmare sire of champions, died in Jutland, Denmark, on Jan. 29 at age 25.

Bred by Mary Hilliard and named for small town outside of Lexington, Ky., where historic Walnut Hall Farm is located, Donerail was one of the last top colts trained by Hall of Famer Stanley Dancer. In 1994, the 66-year-old Dancer deputized John Campbell to drive Donerail and the colt owned by Bob Suslow's RJS Stable won 13 of 15 starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial Trot.

Donerail stood at stood at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania from 1996 through 2007 and made his mark with his daughters, who thus far have produced four Hambletonian champions, Donato Hanover, Marion Marauder, Royalty For Life and Broad Bahn.

As for Donerail's fillies, his second crop included Merrie Annabelle winner Spellbound Hanover. Other notable stakes-winning fillies by Donerail are Fun And Strokes 3, 1:55 9$735,556), Filly At Bigs 3, 1:54 ($655,773), Day For Night 3, 1:54.2 ($616,907), Flawless Bluestone 3, Q1:53.4 ($589,935) and Bold Dreamer 3, 1:55 ($531,258).

In addition to the four Hambletonian champions, Donerail's daughters have produced $1.8 million Enough Talk; Hambletonian elimination winner Pampered Princess; and Dejarmbro.

In 2008 Donerail was sold and exported to Finland, where he has sired 191 foals. The best of these has been Good Dynamite, whotook a mark of 1:55.3f. In 2016 Donerail was sold again and moved to Denmark, but did not get any mares in foal.

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