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Grade 1 Winner and Sire Agouti Dead at 22

Grade 1 winner and sire Agouti stood most of his stallion career at Delta Equine Center in Vinton, Louisiana.

© Don Shugart

VINTON, LA—APRIL 13, 2021—Delta Equine Center reported today their Grade 1 sire Agouti has been euthanized due to the onset of old age and effects of laminitis. He was 22-years-old.

Frozen semen is available to the son of #2 all-time leading sire Corona Cartel. His 2021 fee is $2,000 and multiple mare discounts are available.

"He was a great old horse to the end," said Farm Manager Caleb Findley. "He continued to put out quality runners year-after-year in the Quarter Horse industry, and especially in Louisiana. His imprint as a sire was stamped on his offspring, and it was a joy to have him here at Delta Equine for as long as we did."

Bred and raced by Joe Bettencourt, Agouti was one of the first major stakes horses for all-time leading trainer Paul Jones. He won or placed in 18 of 22 career starts and earned $278,495. He won the Southern California Derby(G1), Cypress Sophomore Handicap and was second in the Los Alamitos Derby(G1), Los Alamitos Winter Championship(G1), The Quarter Racing Journal S., and third in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity(G1), and California Derby Challenge(G3).

Owned by a syndicate, Agouti has sired 15 crops to reach racing age, 187 winners (61%), 29 stakes horses (10%), earners of over $6.24 million with average earnings per starter in excess of $20,400.

Swingin Daddyo, under jockey Cody Wainscott, winnign the $873,331 Rainbow Derby(G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
© Ruidoso Downs
His top performers include SWINGIN DADDYO SI 105 (6 wins to 4, $718,108 Rainbow Derby-G1, etc.), RUSHAGO SI 104 (6 wins to 4, $281,876 Oklahoma Hi-Point Three-Year-Old Colt, 2nd Speed Horse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity [R] -G1, etc.), IRIS CARTELSBADNEWS SI 104 (9 wins to 6, $193,503 Terrace Hill S.-G3, etc.), BELIEVERS GATHERING SI 109 (8 wins to 6, $183,302 Iowa Double Gold Derby [R] -G3, etc.), TELLER SHES LUCKY SI 109 (3 wins to 6, $165,515 2nd Remington Park Futurity-G1, etc.), HEZ RARE TOO SI 101 (6 wins to 5, $153,992 Central Hi-Point Three-Year-Old Gelding, Blue River Derby, etc.), JW WHO DAT SI 96 (10 wins to 7, $153,542 East Hi-Point Aged Gelding, East Hi-Point Distance Horse, Virgil Bond 870 S., etc.), etc.

Agouti's dam Easy Date Dash SI 97 is a multiple stakes producing daughter of former leading sire Dash For Cash. She has also produced stakes-placed Anichini SI 98 ($57,310), and stakes-placed Coronas Easy Dash SI 99 ($37,769), full-siblings to Agouti. She is the granddam of stakes-placed Sassa Corona Si 109 ($21,869), Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity(RG1) finalist Special Anchine SI 92 ($57,731), etc.

The second dam is the AQHA Racing World Champion Easy Date SI 106 ($849,710) by former all-time leading sire and broodmare sire Easy Jet. Easy Date's honors include AQHA Hall of Fame, World Champion, AQHA Racing Champion Two-year-old Filly, AQHA Racing Champion Three-year-old Filly, World Champion Mare, High Money Earning Horse, AQHA Supreme Race Horse and AQHA Superior Race Horse.

Her wins include the All American Futurity, Champion of Champions, Rainbow Derby, Golden State Derby-NTR 440 yards in :21.640, Kindergarten Futurity, World's Championship Classic, Sunland Park Fall Futurity, Miss America Futurity, etc.

Easy Date is the dam of eight foals race, all winners including Mexico Champion Racing Quarter Horse Toast The Host SI 123 (10 wins $57,725US), etc.

Agouti was laid to rest at Della Equine Center.

For additional information for frozen semen contracts contact Caleb Findley at 337-589-3078.

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