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US Champ Princess Rooney Diagnosed With EPM

Thursday, 7th August 2008

US Champion & 5-time Gr1-winner Princess Rooney (Verbatim-Parrish Princess, by Drone) "is being treated for Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis at her home at Gentry Farm" in Kentucky, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The 28-year-old mare was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital & diagnosed with the disease (which attacks a horse's central nervous system & can be fatal). Princess Rooney recorded 17 wins (including 1984's Gr1 Vanity Handicap, Gr1 Spinster Stakes & the inaugural Gr1 Breeders' Cup Distaff at Hollywood Park to claim 1984's Eclipse Award as champion older female) & 3 placings from 21 starts; she was subsequently inducted into the US Racing Hall-Of-Fame in 1991. Following her retirement from the track, she was sold for US$5.5 million at the 1985 Keeneland November breeding stock sale (at the time the 3rd-highest price ever paid for a broodmare). She produced 8 foals (7 starters) including Woodman's Image (who notched 5 wins & 16 placings from 48 starts). Princess Rooney arrived at Gentry Farm in November 1995 & was retired from breeding after failing to produce foals in 2005 & 2006.

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