Louis Quatorze Won 1996 Preakness
Another Preakness winner has passed away. Louis Quatorze collapsed and died Feb. 17 after galloping across the paddock to the gate at Murmur Farm. The 1996 Preakness champion was 24.
“…it was heartbreaking,” said Audrey Murray, owner of Murmur Farm. “He was so regal and majestic. When we would show him, he would stand there like he knew he’d won the Preakness.”
Murray and her late husband E. Allen Murray Jr. bought Louis Quatorze from Ashford Stud in October 2003. In 2005 and 2006, Louis Quatorze ranked as the second-leading Maryland sire and consistently ranked among the top-5 sires through 2011. In total, Louis Quatorze sired 600 winners including 36 black-type stakes champions, of which 12 won graded/group stakes
“He was a beautiful horse, he had won the Preakness, and earned more than $2 million, so we thought he would be a good horse for Maryland,” Murray said.
A handsome bay colt and son of Sovereign Dancer, Louis Quatorze won 7 of 18 starts and the Preakness was his biggest prize. He galloped beautifully over a packed and muddy track to get the victory wire-to-wire in a then-stakes record time of 1:53.20 with Pat Day piloting his 5th and final Preakness victory. Trainer Nick Zito kept the son of Sovereign Dancer going strong through his 3-year-old campaign, taking 4th in the Belmont before winning the Jim Dandy and finishing 2nd in both the Travers Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic, which he lost by a nose.
Bred in Kentucky, Louis Quatorze finished his career with 7 wins in 18 starts including victories in his final two races in 1997. He had career earnings of more than $2 million.