Devil His Due, four time Gr.I winner and sire, has been euthanized following infirmities of old age. He was 28, and had been pensioned since the fall of 2013 at his home Margaux Farm.
The black stallion was bred in Kentucky by Peter Blum and was raced by Lion Crest Stable. He was sired by the famed Devil’s Bag, and out of the Raise a Cup mare Plenty O’Toole. He was trained by the late H. Allen Jerkens during his racing career.
Devil His Due did not race as a juvenile, but made up for it by running 15 times as a sophomore, racking up wins in the Gr.I Wood Memorial and Gr.II Gotham Stakes, a race in which he dead-heated for the win with Lure. Devil His Due finished 11th in the 1991 Kentucky Derby behind longshot winner Lil E. Tee. He also finished third in the Gr.II Jim Dandy Stakes and second to Thunder Rumble in the Gr.I Travers.
He saw his best racing days as a four and five year old, winning the Gr.I Pimlico Special, Gr.I Gulfstream Park Handicap, Gr.I Suburban Handicap (twice), Excelsior Handicap, Gr.II Brooklyn Invitational, and Gr.III Broward Handicap (now Skip Away Stakes). Devil His Due hit the board in several other top races, some he had won before: Pimlico Special, Woodward Stakes, Whitney Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Cigar Mile, and Oaklawn Handicap. He was retired after going winless in three starts as a six year old, though finishing second in the Gr.III Westchester Stakes and Pimlico Special.
Devil His Due retired with a record of 41: 11-12-3 with earnings of 3,920,405. At the time of his retirement, he was fourth on the list of all time earnings. He raced drug free, over a total of 44 miles worth of racing.
Devil His Due stood stallion duties at Margaux Farm. He sired 2005 Dubai World Cup winner Roses in May and graded stakes winners Spite the Devil and She’s a Devil. He is also the sire of minor stakes winners Devil Time, Stop a Train, and Hostility. From 1,048 foals in 18 crops, Devil His Due sired 673 winners who have amassed earnings of more than $53 million. An influential broodmare sire, Devil His Due produced the dams of twenty stakes winners.