Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Monar­chos dies at 18

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Monar­chos, whose Ken­tucky Derby-win­ning time in 2001 was sec­ond only to Sec­re­tar­iat, has died. He was 18.

Nuckols Farm owner Charles Nuckols III con­firmed Tues­day that Monar­chos died early Satur­day af­ter emer­gency surgery the day be­fore to re­pair a rup­tured in­tes­tine.

The grey son of Maria’s Mon and Re­gal Band by Dix­ieland Band won four races with a sec­ond and three thirds in 10 starts from 2000-2002 and earned more than $1.72 mil­lion. Monar­chos’ great­est tri­umph came in the 2001 Derby at Churchill Downs, where he was bumped by Point Given at the start and came from the out­side at the stretch to catch Con­ga­ree and win by 4 ¾ lengths over In­vis­i­ble Ink with Con­ga­ree third.

His time of 1:59.97 with Jorge Chavez aboard was just be­hind the 1973 Triple Crown cham­pion’s record 1:59.40.

Blood­Horse first re­ported Monar­chos’ pass­ing.

“We didn’t think that much about his time at the time be­cause we were try­ing to get to the win­ner’s cir­cle,” Nuckols said.

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