Delta Equine Center reported April 13, 2021, their Grade 1 sire Agouti, 22, has been euthanized due to the onset of old age and effects of laminitis.
Frozen semen is available to the son of No. 2 all-time leading sire Corona Cartel. His 2021 fee is $2,000 and multiple mare discounts are available.
"He was a great old horse to the end," said Farm Manager Caleb Findley. "He continued to put out quality runners year after year in the Quarter Horse industry, and especially in Louisiana. His imprint as a sire was stamped on his offspring, and it was a joy to have him here at Delta Equine for as long as we did."
Bred and raced by Joe Bettencourt, Agouti was one of the first major stakes horses for all-time leading trainer Paul Jones. He won or placed in 18 of 22 career starts and earned $278,495. He won the Southern California Derby (G1), Cypress Sophomore Handicap and was second in the Los Alamitos Derby (G1), Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), The Quarter Racing Journal Stakes, and third in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1), and California Derby Challenge (G3).
Owned by a syndicate, Agouti has sired 15 crops to reach racing age, 187 winners (61%), 29 stakes horses (10%), earners of over $6.24 million with average earnings per starter in excess of $20,400.
His top performers include Swingin Daddyo (SI-105, 6 wins to 4, $718,108 Rainbow Derby-G1, etc.), Rushago (SI-104, 6 wins to 4, $281,876 Oklahoma Hi-Point Three-Year-Old Colt, 2nd Speed Horse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity [R] -G1, etc.), Iris Cartelsbadnews (SI-104, 9 wins to 6, $193,503 Terrace Hill S.-G3, etc.), Believers Gathering (SI-109, 8 wins to 6, $183,302 Iowa Double Gold Derby [R] -G3, etc.), Teller Shes Lucky (SI-109, 3 wins to 6, $165,515 2nd Remington Park Futurity-G1, etc.), Hez Rare Too (SI-101, 6 wins to 5, $153,992 Central Hi-Point Three-Year-Old Gelding, Blue River Derby, etc.) and JW Who Dat (SI-96, 10 wins to 7, $153,542 East Hi-Point Aged Gelding, East Hi-Point Distance Horse, Virgil Bond 870 S., etc.).
Agouti's dam Easy Date Dash is a multiple-stakes producing daughter of former leading sire Dash For Cash. She has also produced stakes-placed Anichini ($57,310), and stakes-placed Coronas Easy Dash ($37,769), full-siblings to Agouti. She is the granddam of stakes-placed Sassa Corona ($21,869) and Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) finalist Special Anchine ($57,731).
His second dam is world champion Easy Date ($849,710) by former all-time leading sire and broodmare sire Easy Jet. Easy Date's honors include AQHA Hall of Fame, World Champion, AQHA Racing Champion 2-year-old Filly, AQHA Racing Champion 3-year-old Filly, World Champion Mare, High Money Earning Horse, AQHA Supreme Race Horse and AQHA Superior Race Horse.
Her wins include the All American Futurity, Champion of Champions, Rainbow Derby, Golden State Derby-NTR 440 yards in :21.640, Kindergarten Futurity, World's Championship Classic, Sunland Park Fall Futurity, Miss America Futurity, etc.
Easy Date is the dam of eight foals race, all winners including Mexico Champion Racing Quarter Horse Toast The Host (SI-123, 10 wins $57,725US), etc.
Agouti was laid to rest at Della Equine Center.
For additional information for frozen semen contracts contact Caleb Findley at 337-589-3078.