Casey Tibbs dies

Casey Tibbs dies
Klawervlei’s stalwart stallion Casey Tibbs has died after breaking his shoulder in a paddock accident.
He was 19 years old and had been standing at the Hemel ‘n Aarde Stud.

“Casey” was one of over 320 stakes winners sired by legendary sire Sadler’s Wells, whose many outstanding sons included Montjeu, Galileo, and champion South African sire Fort Wood. Bred on the uber successful Sadler’s Wells/Mill Reef nick, Casey Tibbs’ dam, Fleur Royale, was a top-class race mare who won the Pretty Polly Stakes and was second in the Irish Oaks.

His second dam, Sweet Mimosa, won the Prix de Diane (French Oaks) and was a sister to two champions in Le Moss and Levmoss.

Casey Tibbs was a smart racehorse, who won six races including the important classic trial, the Ballysax Stakes. He was also second in the Gr1 Secretariat Stakes, one of North America’s top turf races for 3yos.

His six wins came from 1400m-2000m, and included stakes wins in both Ireland and North American (Fort McHenry Handicap).

Casey Tibbs retired to stud in South Africa in 2000. Bought into the country by Form Bloodstock in part due to his classic bloodline, Casey Tibbs stood his first few seasons at High Season Stud, but was later moved to Klawervlei, before returning to the Hemel ‘n Aarde Valley.

He quickly established himself as one of the country’s best value for money stallions. Casey Tibbs’ first crop included seven black type performers, which included the graded stakes winners Play Catch (G3 Cape Classic) and Sweet Virginia. The latter was a truly tough and gutsy filly whose six wins included the G3 Winter Derby and G3 Final Fling Stakes.

The stakes winners came thick and fast from there for the diminutive stallion. His next crop produced the classy Hilgrove, who won the G2 Premier’s Trophy, and was twice placed in the G1 Queen’s Plate.

Subsequent stakes winners included the Equus Champion Festive Occasion (G2 SA Oaks), Casey Cool (G2 Merchants S), Cyber Case (G3 Lebelo Hcp), Heat of the Night (G3 Langerman Handicap) as well as more recent stakes winners Why Worry and Cash Register.

However Casey’s greatest son was without doubt, champion Big City Life, who won four Gr1 races during his tragically brief career. Born in 2005, Big City Life was named Equus Champion 3yo colt in2009, after winning the Cape Derby, Daily News 2000 and Vodacom Durban July. Sadly the colt would later suffer a fatal breakdown in the July.

His sire built a name for himself as a stallion capable of throwing stakes winners of both sexes, who could feature over all distances. Casey Tibbs has several promising 2yos representing him this season, including Wednesday’s impressive debut winner, Red Tractor.

Casey was standing for a stud fee of R5,000 at the time of his death

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