Day At The Track


10:48 PM 05 Dec 2005 NZDT
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A second great American-bred trotter who has been standing at stud for several years in Europe, has died.

In Germany, the 1985 Hambletonian winner and Trotter of the Year, Prakas, had to be put down after a bout of severe colic, at age 23, and earlier, in Sweden, the 32-Year-Old Zoot Suit was put down due to bad health.

Prakas became the first of three Hambletonian winners for the Swedish-born Per Eriksson.

He was bred by Hans Enggren and won 14 races in 29 starts. Besides winning the richest Hambletonian, at that time, Prakas also won the World Trotting Derby, the Breeders Crown, and Matron Stakes, and earned $1,956,056.

Prakas went to stud at Hanover Shoe Farm, but in 1992 he was sold to German owners, and he stood in that country at Stall M S Diamanten, located near Munich.

Prakas never fulfilled the high expectations held for him at stud, but many of his daughters have proved to be outstanding broodmares. For example, the Hambletonian and Triple Crown winner Windsong’s Legacy is out of a Prakas mare.

Zoot Suit stood at stud in Sweden, at Menhammar Stuteri, and along with Quick Pay, Pershing, and the French trotter Tibur, was a big part of the development of Swedish trotting, helping lead it to the high standard of today.

ourtesy Of Karsten Bonsdorf, United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom Correspondent

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