New York stallion Eltish was euthanized last week due to neurological complications. Bred in Kentucky by Juddmonte, the 1992 Cox’s Ridge colt originally ran as a two year-old in England for Sir Henry Cecil. Eltish shipped to Churchill Downs and ran second in the 1994 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He returned to run sixth in the 1995 Kentucky Derby.
In 1996 Eltish moved to the United States under the care of trainer Bobby Frankel. He was a useful older horse amassing earnings in excess of $700,000 prior to his retirement in 1997. Eltish stood in Florida through 2005, when Gary Olsen purchased him from Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Stud to stand in New York. Eltish stood at Mole’s Hill Farm, Millerton, NY, in 2012.
Eltish sired, hard-knocking sound racehorses. Recently, his Nicole’s Miss El has been a presence on the New York circuit. His top runners also include Silk Ridge, She’s All Eltish, El Sultry Sun, Shotgun Favorite and Barbara O’Brien.
Eltish is buried on Olsen’s home farm, high on a hill overlooking his valley.