Jade Hunter (1984-2011)
Jade Hunter passed away on January 24, 2011. Read Memorial.
Jade Hunter has always moved in good company. Bought for $700,000 as a yearling by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stable, he raced in England and America, placing in the Grade One Widener. At the age of 3, Jade Hunter's roll continued for Bruce McNall with two graded stakes seconds, but it was at 4 that the roll gathered a thunderous momentum that build for two decades. When the chestnut won the Donn Handicap for McNall and Paulson.
Going to stud in 1989, he sired Santa Anita Handicap (G1) winner Stuka, multiple Grade One turf runner Yagli, Midway Road who took a second to Funny Cide in the 2003 Preakness, and 1998 Blue Grass Stakes winner Halory Hunter. He was also broodmare sire to Arlington Million (G1) victor Kicken Kris. In all, he sired 46 stakes winners, and earners of $40 million dollars.
But Jade Hunter will forever be best remembered for his daughter, the 2002 Horse of the Year and three-time Champion Older Female, the superb Azeri.
On retirement from stud, this fabulous stallion came to Old Friends thanks to the generosity of the Paulson Trust. Needless to say, we feel greatly honored to be in the company of Jade Hunter.