World champion racehorse and sire American Ideal (US) passed away in Australia on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the age of 22.

He stood at Blue Chip Farms in American but as a dual hemisphere, he was currently in quarantine in Australia ahead of his planned return to America in the next few days.  However, sadly he had a severe bout of colic.  During subsequent emergency surgery, numerous cancerous masses were revealed, which resulted in the horse being humanely euthanized.

American Ideal p,3,1:47.4 ($855,928), by Western Ideal out of Lifetime Success, was bred and raised by Brittany Farms and sold as a Tattersalls yearling.   He raced at 2, 3, & 4 years of age winning the Tattersalls Pace, Confederation Cup, Provincial Cup and set a World Record when winning the Bluegrass Stakes, 1.47.4.

AMERICAN IDEAL (US)Western Ideal (US)Western Hanover (US)No Nukes (US)Oil Burner (US)
Gidget Lobell (US)
Wendymae Hanover (US)Albatross (US)
Wendy Sue Hanover (US)
Leah Almahurst (US)Abercrombie (US)Silent Majority (US)
Bergdorf (US)
Liberated Angel (US)Meadow Skipper (US)
Angel Hair (US)
Lifetime Success (US)Matts Scooter (US)Direct Scooter (US)Sampson Direct (US)
Noble Claire (US)
Ellens Glory (US)Meadow Skipper (US)
Gloria Barmin (US)
Three Diamonds (US)Albatross (US)Meadow Skipper (US)
Voodoo Hanover (US)
Ambiguity (US)Bret Hanover (US)
K Nora (US0

In North America he sired 1660 foals, with 1102 racing in 2.00, 747 in 1.55,  83 in 1.50 and 483 offspring earning over $100,000.  Total earnings of his offspring was $163,988,925 and included 14  millionaires.

His best offspring included AMERICAN JEWEL (F) p3, 1.48.2 $1,834,823; HESTON BLUE CHIP p3, 1.48 $1,779,373; SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP p3, 1.48.3 $1,626,773; YOUAREMYCANDYGIRL (F) p3, 1.48.2 $1,566,292; AMERICAN HISTORY p3, 1.47 $1,561,817; GREAT VINTAGE p4, 1.49.1 $1,510,226; IDYLLIC (F) p3, 1.50 $1,296,967 and HES WATCHING p3, 1.46.4 $1,129,215

Somewhat surprisingly on eight of his offspring are registered in GB and include:

LADYFORD LIZZIE (CAN) 2008 born mare out of Armbro Wisdom (CAN)/Artsplace(US) and dam of Ladyford John, Highbrooks Ideal, Highbrooks Ignite & Ladyford Harriet.

SHOWTIME DOLL (USA) 2010 born mare out of Cherry Tree Ginny (US)/Artsplace (US) Winner of 2 races including Junior Welsh Dragoness heat (2nd Final G1) and Cerdigion 3yo.  Also placed York 2yo Fillies Futurity, Stars of The Future (2yo Fillies), York 3yo Championship Ht NWHOA 3yo Championship, Little Welsh Dragoness Ht.  Also dam of Showtime Rag Doll, placed Breeders Crown 2yo Heat & Final.

STIRLINGDANCERHALL (USA) 2012 born mare out of Belle Reve (US)/Magical Mike (US) and dam of CHECK ON DANCER winner of 3 starts at Tir Prince, Appleby & Cannock and £1,250.

TOM HILL (US) 2013 born Stallion out of Baberhood (US)/Real Desire (US) p3, 1.50.2 $92,644 and now standing in the UK. Sire of multiple winners including Money Hill, Chasing The Stars & Born In Isolation.

RHYDS IDEAL 2014 born gelding (imported in utero) out of Sandfly Hanover (US)/ The Panderosa (US).  Winner NWHOA 2 yo Championship and placed Junior Welsh Dragon G1. Raced timed in 2.01.9 with earnings of £3,280.

GOLD DIGGER 2018 born mare imported in-utero out of Good Stuff (US)/Artiscape (US). Race timed in 2.03 and her first foal was born in 2023

Condolences to all the connections of American Ideal (US)

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