Hall of Famer Skip Away dead at 17

Skip Away, a Hall of Famer and the 1998 Horse of the Year, died Friday morning of an apparent heart attack at Hopewell Farm in Midway, Ky. He was 17.

During his four years of racing, Skip Away won 16 stakes races, including a nine-race win streak. He was named Champion 3-year-old Male in 1996 and was named Champion Older Male in 1997 and 1998.

Trained by Hall of Famer Sonny Hine, Skip Away won the blue Grass Stakes as a 3-year-old in 1996 before finishing eighth in the Kentucky Derby and second in both the Preakness and Belmont.

Later that year, Skip Away went won the Ohio Derby, Haskell Invitational and Woodbine Mile. He locked up the Eclipse Award with a victory over Cigar in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

At 4, Skip Away won the Massachusetts Handicap, the Suburban Handicap and his second Jockey Club Gold Cup. He then won the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Hollywood Park by six lengths and was voted Champion Older Male.

Skip Away won his first seven races at 5, including five Grade 1 events. Among the victories were the Donn Handicap, Pimlico Special, a repeat in the MassCap and scores in the Hollywood Gold Cup, Iselin Handicap and Woodward Stakes. He was voted Champion Older Male for the second consecutive year and also Horse of the Year.

Skip Away won 18 of his 38 races and was on the board 34 times in his career. He had career earnings of $9,616,360. He was ranked No. 32 by the Blood-Horse among the top racehorses of the 20th century. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

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