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S Js Photo Passes

Published: April 13, 2018 10:25 am ET

Last Comment: April 13, 2018 7:27 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

S Js Photo, the fast, stakes-winning trotter who most notably was not eligible to compete in the top stakes the year they were won by American Winner and Pine Chip, has passed away in Italy. He was 28 years old.

Bred, owned and trained and mostly driven by David Wade, S Js Photo was undefeated in 13 starts as a two-year old, racing in Maryland stakes, before Wade tested the waters against open competition the following year. Although S Js Photo was not eligible to the Hambletonian or Kentucky Futurity, he made a big name for himself by trotting to a 1:53.4 record in Lexington in a late-closing event. As an older horse he won the Nat Ray free-for-all on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands and competed in Europe, winning the Finlandia Ajo.

Although his pedigree was unfashionable -- a son of Photo Maker (by Yankee Bambino) and out of a mare by Kawartha Mon Ami -- S Js Photo stood at stud in the U.S. and sired seven million-dollar winners, among them 2005 Hambletonian champion Vivid Photo, plus Corleone Kosmos, Lucky Jim, Classic Photo, Pegasus Spur, SJs Caviar and In Focus. He was sold and exported to Italy in 2006.

He is considered one of the best stallions in Europe and spent the last decade at the Mariano stud in Italy, where he has occupied the stall previously belonging to the kidnapped Lemon Dra.

Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the connections of S Js Photo.

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April 13, 2018 - 7:27 pmRIP to this great horse.

RIP to this great horse.

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