Pacific Rocket, 29, dies

Oberon, Au — Pacific Rocket, who joined the stallion ranks for owners Dr. Andrew and Suzanne Daniels at their Calderwood Farm in Albion Park, North-South Wales in 2008, succumbed to a sustained bout of colic and had to be humanely euthanized today (May 21).

“Rocket” as he was affectionately known, had a successful stud career in both the U.S. and New Zealand.

He was a lovely black horse standing just over 16-hands and was always a pleasure to handle and be around, which made stud duties a dream, as long as you were quiet. His last foals in Australia were born in the 2013/2014 season. He had a respectable record in Australia with 140 starters for 89 winners at an average of $21,000 (AUD) in stakes.

Pacific Rocket, himself was a star on the track, with a race time of 1:50 at The Meadowlands and a career of 64 starts with 30 victories & 22 placings, earning over $2.3 million in the United States.  During his career,  he set and equaled world records on half and five-eighths mile tracks and held a string of track records.

As a three-year-old he won $1.4 million racing against top horses such as Cam’s Card Shark, Magical Mike, Armbro Macintosh, Falcon’s Future & Hi Ho Silverheels amongst others.

As a sire in the US, Pacific Rockets sired progeny with massive earnings of over $29 million. These included the dual Breeders Crown Champion, Boulder Creek 1:48.2, who earned $2.3 million.

Notable performers sired by Pacific Rocket in Australasia include Shardon’s Rocket, Rocket Reign, Pacific Warrior K & Mister Skye Rocket, among many others.

He also left his mark as a broodmare sire, being the broodmare sire of exceptional mare Don’t Think Twice 1:51.2, Dynamite Denn Nee & Our Els Dream.

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