Champion Gilded Time Dies At Age 31 – Horse Racing News

Gilded Time at Bar None Ranches.

Gilded Time, the champion 2-year-old male of 1992 and a veteran sire, died on Dec. 2 from the infirmities of old age, Bar None Ranches announced on social media.

The 31-year-old son of Timeless Moment had resided at Bar None Ranches in Okotos, Alberta since 2008, and he was pensioned from stud duty in 2010.

Bred in Florida by Harry Mangurian, Jr., Gilded Time sold for $80,000 at the 1992 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Select Florida-Bred 2-Year-Olds In Training Sale at Calder Race Course, and he was placed in the barn of trainer Darrell Vienna for owners David Milch and Jack and Mark Silverman.

He went undefeated during his 2-year-old campaign, first taking a Hollywood Park maiden special weight by four lengths, then shipping cross-country to win the Grade 2 Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park. Following a win in the G2 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park, Gilded Time left the gate as the post time favorite in the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Gulfstream Park, and he finished on top in a stretch duel to prevail by three-quarters of a length.

The effort helped Gilded Time secure the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male.

A foot bruise suffered in training knocked Gilded Time off the Triple Crown trail, and the first start of his 3-year-old season would not come until the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita Park, where he finished third to Cardmania, just three-quarters of a length behind the winner after a year layoff. He made a final start in that year’s G2 Malibu Stakes, where he finished sixth.

In total, Gilded Time retired with four wins in six starts for earnings of $975,980.

Gilded Time retired to Vinery Stud in Kentucky for the 1994 breeding season, and he resided there until the 2007 season, after which he moved to Bar None Ranches. He also shuttled for multiple Southern Hemisphere seasons in Australia and South America.

Gilded Time sired 18 crops with 802 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $61.3 million.

His best Northern Hemisphere runners include Grade 1 winners Gayego, Elloluv, and Mandy’s Gold, Grade 2 winners Clock Stopper, and Elaborate, and Grade 3 winner Old Topper. He is also the sire of Brazilian champion Desejada Duda and Australian Group 1 winner Barely a Moment.

As a broodmare sire, Gilded Time was responsible for runners including Canadian champion and Grade 1 winner Shaman Ghost, Grade 1 winners Audible, Santa Teresita, Irish Smoke, and On Fire Baby, Australian Group 1 winner Voodoo Lad, two-time Uruguayan champion Aero Trem, Korean champion Bold Kings, and 2015 Puerto Rican Horse of the Year Mia Karina.

“He settled in quickly to his new role as “king of the farm”, and undeniably raised the bar for stallions in not only Alberta but for Western Canada as well,” a statement read from Bar None Ranches. “He gave us many exciting winners to cheer for, including the great homebred Silver Baubles.

“As a pensioned horse, Gilded Time enjoyed his retirement, with every want and whim catered to by breeding manager Shaun Rathy. Even in his twilight years, he was known for his sprints and bucking performances upon being turned out into his paddock, where he was able to watch each year’s new foal crop and oversee the other horses from “his hill”. He will be greatly missed by Rathy, her team, and the entire Bar None Ranches family.”