Leading New Mexico Fifth-Crop Sire Monterey Jazz Dies
Monterey Jazz winning the Grade 2 Strub Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

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Leading New Mexico Fifth-Crop Sire Monterey Jazz Dies

RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—DECEMBER 28, 2020—Monterey Jazz, the # 2 leading fifth-crop Thoroughbred sire in New Mexico owned by Warren Franklin DVM, died earlier this month following a brief illness.

From a limited number of starters in five crops to reach racing age, Monterey Jazz is the sire of 14 winners, 1 stakes winner with earnings of $600,294 and average earnings per starter of over $17,650.

Monterey Jazz' top performers include Steve Prather Stakes winner Ancient Land (4 wins to 3, 2020 $180,564), Fastinating Allie (5 wins, $77,381), Princess Jazz (3 wins, $5,985), Monterey Secret (2 wins to , 2020 $36,680), Jazzinia (Winner to 4, 2020 $38,4770, Sandia's Beat (4 wins to 4, 2020, $35,209), Montecrypto Jazz (2 wins, $30,276), etc.

Fastinating Allie, Monterey Jazz' first winner, broke her maiden by 2-¼ lengths at Zia Park. © Coady Photography
A graded stakes winner on two surfaces, Monterey Jazz raced for owner Gary Thompson and finished his racing career with a record of 9-2-7 from 37 starts and earnings of $760,841.

He won the 2007 Sir Beaufort Stakes (gr. IIIT) before taking the 2008 Texas Mile Stakes (gr. II) and Strub Stakes (gr. II) on dirt. He went back to the turf in 2009, winning the American Handicap (gr. IIT) and finishing second in the San Francisco Mile (gr. IIT). He won once more, a $38,000 allowance optional claiming race at Zia Park, before being retired at the end of 2012.

The son of Thunderello—Reefside, by Dynaformer, was bred in Kentucky by Danzel Brendemuehl. He stood at Sierra Blanca Equine in New Mexico.