IMPRESSIVE MIRACLE MAN, the only Jamaican horse to win an international race, died from colic last Thursday at New Blue/ Bombay Stud Farm where he had been performing stud duties. He was 14. The big chestnut horse, by Law Of The Sea out of Hya, stamped himself as one of the greatest native-bred horses in the annals of local racing, winning the coveted ‘Horse of The Year’ award in 2005 and 2006 for legendary trainer Allan ‘Billy’ Williams and owner/breeder Joseph ‘Fudgie’ Duany. In 2005, MIRACLE MAN, after finishing a strong second to the Richard Azan-trained COLTRANE in the 2000 Guineas over a mile, returned to win the Derby, St Leger and Lotto Classic (Governor’s Cup), closing out the season with a decisive victory in the prestigious Superstakes at 2000 metres with customary rider Allen ‘Bungo John’ Maragh aboard. The following year, 2006, saw MIRACLE MAN dominating the grade one trophy races with big weights – winning his second consecutive Superstakes – unbeaten in nine races locally that year. His most memorable display did not come on local soil, but at the El Commandante racetrack in Puerto Rico, where he won the US$100,000 Confraternity Classic over nine furlongs four-year-olds and upwards in impressive fashion on December 9, with Panamanian jockey Cecelio Penalba aboard. That was his 10th win from as many starts in 2006, making him a unanimous choice for a second straight ‘Horse of the Year’ title. When he retired to stud in 2008, MIRACLE MAN had won 17 races and just over $20 million in stakes. He enjoyed further success as a stallion, siring the winners of 31 races, including LADY ABHIJITA in the 2013 Jamaica Oaks. Among his other offsprings were MIRACLE STAR, a disqualified winner last Saturday in overnight allowance company and SURE MAN, who romped the eighth race. – O.C.