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INTERNATIONAL ZONE: Horse Racing: US Horse of the Year Favorite Trick dies in fire.

Byline: Nicholas Godfrey

FAVORITE TRICK, American Horse of the Year in 1997 when he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has been killed in a fire in New Mexico.

According to the Daily Racing Form, the fire killed the farm's entire stallion roster at the JEH Stallion Station's western division in Hondo, New Mexico.

The fire, which the Form says took place on Tuesday night, also claimed the Grade 1 winner Saratoga Six - unbeaten in four runs as a two-year-old, his only season racing - and Gone Hollywood, plus three Quarter Horses. According to a farm official, no humans were injured.

Favorite Trick (right), a son of Phone Trick, was named Horse of the Year after a blistering juvenile campaign for trainer Pat Byrne in which he went unbeaten in eight starts, seven of them stakes victories, culminating in success at Hollywood Park. It was a memorable day for Byrne, who also sent out Countess Diana to win the Juvenile Fillies.

Favorite Trick's winning margin of five and a half lengths under Pat Day remains the biggest in the race's history. The only other two-year-old to be voted Horse of the Year in Eclipse Award history is Secretariat.

Ironically, Countess Diana was put down in Lexington at the end of last month due to wobbler syndrome.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2006
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