Maine Chance Farms’ stallion Lateral, who had been standing at the Southford Stud the past few seasons, has been put down after breaking a leg.
The son of Singspiel was 14 years old at the time of his passing.
Lateral was a top-class racehorse, who was named Champion 2YO Colt in Italy in 2005 and Champion 3YO Miler in Germany a year later. He won six of just ten outings, with his career highlighted by a victory, over subsequent Italian Oaks winner Dionisia and successful sire Lord Of England in the 2005 G1 Gran Criterium.
Lateral also won all of the G2 Grosse Europa-Meile, G3 Oppenheim Pramerica Meile, and the G3 Hamburger Meile.
He made an instant impression with his first South African crop making Lateral the leading first crop sire (by prize money) of 2013-2014.
Lateral’s very first runners included G1 Golden Slipper winner Bilateral and G2 Dingaans/G2 Colorado King Stakes winner Unparalleled. The latter earned just a tick under R1 000 000 during his brief racing career, while Bilateral accounted for such notable G1 winners as Alboran Sea, Pine Princess, and Carry On Alice when victorious in the 2014 Golden Slipper.
Another smart performer hailing from Lateral’s first crop was dual G2 Peninsula Handicap runner up Milton, who has won or placed in no fewer than 26 races to date, while the sire is also responsible for the G1 filly Sapsan-who was third to Chestnuts N Pearls in the 2015 G1 Golden Slipper at Greyville.
One of 14 G1 winners sired by champion Singspiel, Lateral was one of six winners produced by the stakes winning Aragon mare Ligona and he hailed from the same family as German champion Literat –sire of the great stallion Surumu.