Boys At Tosconova Dies In Korea At Age 15 – Horse Racing News


Boys at Tosconova, a Grade 1 winner and veteran sire, died in Korea on Dec. 1, per online records from the Korea Racing Authority.

The 15-year-old son of Officer had resided in Korea since 2020, after beginning his stud career at Questroyal North in New York ahead of the 2013 breeding season. Causes of death are not listed in the KRA database.

Bred in Kentucky by Hertrich/McCarthy Livestock, Boys at Tosconova made his on-track debut in graded stakes company, finishing second in the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes at Churchill Downs in April of his 2-year-old season for trainer Bob Hess Jr. and owners Todd Cady, Denny Kanakaris, and Richard Hale Jr.

He was purchased by Jay Em Ess Stables after that race, with the original ownership retaining a share, and moved to the barn of trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. His next start came at at Belmont Park, taking a maiden special weight by 12 lengths.

Boys at Tosconova then re-entered graded stakes competition in the G1 Hopeful Stakes, where he drew off to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Stay Thirsty. His season then finished with a runner-up finish behind Uncle Mo in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

An ankle injury kept Boys at Tosconova out of competition for most of his 3-year-old season, but after finishing third in his comeback start in October of his sophomore campaign, he rolled off three straight allowance optional claiming victories in New York and Florida. That streak went into his 4-year-old season, and it was finally interrupted with his final career start in the G3 Westchester Stakes at Belmont Park, where he finished second.

Boys at Tosconova retired with five wins in nine starts for earnings of $688,960.

From eight crops of racing age, Boys at Tosconova has sired 49 winners and he has amassed combined progeny earnings of more than $5.4 million.

His top runner to date is New York-bred star My Boy Tate, a six-time stakes winner and earner of $833,288 who was named New York’s champion sprinter of 2021.

Other runners of note by Boys at Tosconova include stakes winners Our Super Nova, Officer Hutchy, Retonova, and Eros’s Girl.

The first Korean-sired runners by Boys at Tosconova are 2-year-olds of 2023. His first and only Korean runner to date is the two-time winner I Will Be Free, who arrived to the country in-utero with with dam Shakaleena.