Kentucky star Camgrandest dies at 12

Lexington, KY — Camgrandest, who starred in Kentucky over the past decade and earned more than $300,000 on the racetrack, died Friday (May 8), at Dragonsmeade Farm in Winchester, Ky. He was 12.

A son of Cambest, Camgrandest was bred and owned by Janet Banks. Camgrandest earned more than $90,000 each of his first two years of racing. At two, Camgrandest won the Kentucky Fair final and was second in the $300,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final, and at three he again was second in the $250,000 KYSS final.

Camgrandest was trained primarily by Randy Jerrell, with Jeff Smith and Sam Coven taking over the conditioning when the pacer raced away from the Bluegrass State. Camgrandest took his mark of 1:50.4 as a 7-year-old in 2015 at The Red Mile. A former Red Mile Horse of the Year, Camgrandest retired at the end of 2018 with $304,369 in earnings.

Camgrandest was bred to the Kentucky champion mare Ohmybelle last year with the mare recently delivering a colt.

Banks said Camgrandest was bred back to Ohmybelle on May 8 and shortly afterward died as a result of an aneurysm in his paddock.

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