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Cryptoclearance dies at 25

CRYPTOCLEARANCE (Fappiano), a noted Grade 1 performer in the late 1980s, died at Rood and Riddle Equine Clinic near Lexington, Kentucky, on Thursday from a heart attack stemming from complications following colic surgery. He was 25 and had been actively breeding through 2009 at Margaux Farm in Midway, Kentucky.

"On behalf of Dr. Ira Mersack, Dr. Joseph and Lynn Fowler, myself, and all of the staff at Margaux, we want to send our condolences to Phil Teinowitz and to all of the fans who have appreciated and supported Cryptoclearance during his lifetime," Margaux managing partner Steve Johnson said in a statement. "He was a 'breed-shaping' horse, and his influence will be passed down over the years through not only his sons, but very significantly, through his daughters. His contribution to the breed is that of soundness, stamina and above all else heart -- traits that he and his offspring have displayed in the races that define class in our breed.

"(Trainer) Scotty Schulhofer and Mr. Teinowitz found Cryptoclearance in the 1985 Saratoga yearling sale and he remained wholly owned by Mr. Teinowitz throughout his racing and breeding career. Named after the Naval Security department during World War II, Phil had a very special relationship with 'Crypto' during the 24 years he owned him, and he followed the success of all of Crypto's offspring as if they were his."

A member of the deeply talented three-year-old class of 1987, which was headed by the likes of Alysheba, Bet Twice, Java Gold and Lost Code, Cryptoclearance was a constant presence in top-level races for three seasons. The dark bay was famed for his stirring come-from-behind rallies, with his riders sporting Teinowitz's purple and white silks.

Cryptoclearance first stamped himself as a contender for the 1987 classics with a victory in the Everglades S. (G2) at Hialeah. After being upset in the Flamingo S. (G1) in his next start, Cryptoclearance won the Florida Derby (G1) in a wild finish and later finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), third in the Preakness S. (G1) and second in the Belmont S. (G1). Other highlights of his sophomore campaign were a win in the Pegasus H. (G1) and placings in the Travers S. (G1) and Meadowlands Cup (G1).

At four and five, Cryptoclearance scored back-to-back victories in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2), and also captured the Donn H. (G1) and Widener H. (G1) in 1989. He placed in such leading events as the Gulfstream Park H. (G1), Oaklawn H. (G1), Whitney H. (G1) Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) and Pimlico Special. Cryptoclearance competed in three consecutive renewals of the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), finishing fifth each time.

Produced from the Hoist the Flag mare Naval Orange, Cryptoclearance retired with a record of 44-12-10-7, $3,376,327.

At stud, Cryptoclearance has been represented by more than 40 stakes winners including 1999 champion older male Victory Gallop, who also captured the previous year's Belmont S.; 1997 Canadian champion three-year-old colt Cryptocloser; 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic winner Volponi; and Grade 1 winners Millennium Wind, Strategic Maneuver and Traitor.

"All of his handlers over the years recall how smart and easy he was to work with, but when his mare came into the breeding shed, they also knew they had to be on their game because it was an Olympic event when it was time for him to breed. That's how he lived his life," Johnson said.

Cryptoclearance will be buried at Margaux.


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