Urbane, the Maryland-bred mare who became a millionaire on the racetrack and continued to thrive in the breeding shed, has died, owner Samantha Siegel said on Twitter Tuesday. Urbane was 22.
Bred by Frank Zureick and Violet Cleveland and born in 1992, Urbane was a daughter of Citidancer out of the unplaced Pleasant Colony mare Dumfries Pleasure. She won eight of 18 career starts and more than $1 million. She won a pair of Grade 1 events, the Ashland at Keeneland and the John A. Morris (now the Personal Ensign) at Saratoga. She also finished second at odds-on in the 1995 running of the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.
Yet she may have become even better known in the breeding shed. Two of her sons, both by A.P. Indy, became stake winners. Her son Suave, running in the silks of the Siegels’ Jay Em Ess Stable, won three graded events and more than $1.3 million. He was unplaced in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in both 2005 and 2006.
Another son, Worldly, is a stake winner of more than $400,000. He finished third, beaten just a length and a quarter, in the 2013 running of the Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
“When one life ends, another begins,” Siegel tweeted. “Urbane gave us an Into Mischief filly last night, then passed away a few hours later.”