EXPIRED: 05/14/10 – Skip Away, 17, was an American stallion who at the age of 3 years old was a thoroughbred winner, named America’s Champion 3 Year Old Male. The following 2 years he was America’s Champion Handicap Horse.
Born in sunny Florida to father Skip Trial and mother Ingot Way (daughter of Diplomat’s Way), Skip Away was purchased for only $22,500 by horse trainer Sonny Hine for his wife Carolyn, who specifically wanted a gray horse because vision problems made it difficult for her to see any other colored animal on the race track.
Skip Away’s first Stakes win came as a three-year-old, when he defeated eventual Preakness Stakes winner Louis Quatorze by six lengths in the Blue Grass Stakes while setting a new stakes record over a wet-fast track at Keeneland Race Course.
After an unaccountably poor performance in the Kentucky Derby, he finished second in both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. He won the 1996 Haskell Invitational Handicap and in October of that same year, he defeated the mighty Cigar. Seizing the lead entering the stretch, Skip Away held clear to win a stretch drive by a head over the steadily closing champion.
After winning Horse of the Year in 1998, he retired to stud with 18 wins and 34 in-the-money finishes from 38 career starts, his career earnings having amounted to $9,616,360.
Sonny Hine died in March of 2000 at age 69.
“I think Skip Away kept Sonny going,” Carolyn Hine said following Skip Away’s induction into the Hall of Fame. “He gave him some more years, more life. Skippy wasn’t a horse to us, he was a member of our family. He was a blessing.”
Skip Away died of a heart attack at pasture.