Classic hero Black Tie put down.
USA Black Tie Affair, who won the Breeders' Cup Classic in 1991 on the way to being named US Horse of the Year, has been put down. He was 24, writes Nicholas Godfrey.
The son of Miswaki, trained by Ernie Poulos for owner Jeff Sullivan, had been at the Old Friends equine retirement home in Kentucky since July 2009. According to the Blood-Horse, the horse succumbed to the effects of laminitis on Thursday.
Black Tie Affair won six consecutive Graded stakes as a five-year-old in 1991, but earned his championship when partnered by Jerry Bailey to win the Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. He went to stud in 1992 at Vinery Farm in Kentucky before moving to Japan.
The best of his 35 stakes winners were multiple Grade 1 scorer Formal Gold and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Evening Attire.
"He was life-changing for us," said Dee Poulos, wife of late trainer Ernie Poulos.