One week before moving into his new home at the Maryland Stallion Station, Eastern Echo died of an apparent heart attack yesterday at Shamrock Farms in Woodbine.
The 16-year-old son of Damascus was to have been one of six stallions heading up the roster of Maryland's newest stallion operation. The stallions are to be moved next week from Shamrock to the newly constructed Maryland Stallion Station in Worthington Valley in Baltimore County. A grand opening is planned for Jan. 9.
Eastern Echo bred 97 mares in 2003 because of the success of his son, Buddy Gil, one of California's top 3-year-olds that year. Undefeated in three flashy starts and a Grade I winner, Eastern Echo sired two Grade I winners (Buddy Gil and Swiss Yodeler), 235 winners from 324 starters and horses with earnings of $18.5 million.