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Claiborne Farm’s Hall of Famer Lure passed away Wednesday at the age of 28, triggering tributes and look backs at the career of the legendary two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

Lure’s racing career, which stretched from 1991 to ’94, came before the launch of The Saratoga Special but we’ve written about the son of Danzig from time to time through the years. One instance came in our five-year anniversary book “The Best of the Special” when we got trainer Shug McGaughey’s take on Lure. Check it out and read more about Lure’s career in the statement below from Claiborne Farm.

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Hall of Famer Lure dies at 28

Claiborne Farm announced today that two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner and Hall of Famer Lure died this morning due to infirmities of old age. The son of Danzig was 28.

Lure set a track record in his career debut on the dirt at Belmont Park, but it was his proficiency on the turf, punctuated by consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile victories, that led to his remarkable legacy.

Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm and The Gamely Corp., Lure won his first two starts as a 3-year-old at Aqueduct in 1992, including an exciting dead-heat with Devil His Due in the Grade 2 Gotham Stakes.

Later that year, trainer Shug McGaughey and co-owner Seth Hancock of Claiborne decided to switch Lure to the turf, over which he captured an allowance field at Belmont by an eye-popping 10 1/4 lengths in his debut.

Following a second in the Grade 3 Kelso Handicap a month later, Lure won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park in gate-to-wire fashion by 3 lengths, establishing a new course record.

As a 4-year-old in 1993, Lure scored Grade 3 victories in the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs, Dixie Handicap at Pimlico, Daryl’s Joy at Saratoga and Kelso at Belmont Park. He then overcame an outside post to successfully defend his title in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“In the second Breeders' Cup Mile, when he drew outside, there were a lot of naysayers who said he couldn’t do it from there, but everything fell into place for him,” Claiborne’s Dell Hancock told The Blood-Horse. “He was just brilliant when he was right and he was certainly a wonderful end to a wonderful chapter in Claiborne history. Now he’ll be remembered as being in the Hall of Fame. The Breeders’ Cup wins helped get him there, and now he has his place in history.”

Lure, who was produced from the Alydar mare Endear, retired from racing with a record of 14-8-0 from 25 starts, for earnings of $2,515,289.

Lure was ranked No. 85 in The Blood-Horse’s Top 100 racehorses of the 20th century.

Retired to stud at Claiborne Farm, Lure sired 119 foals, including three graded or group winners among his six stakes winners. He was pensioned in 2004 due to fertility issues.

In 2013, Lure was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.

His most successful offspring were Irish champion and French Group 1 winner Orpen from his first crop and Grade 1 winner England’s Legend from his second. England’s Legend won the 2001 Beverly D. Stakes.

Lure will be buried at his birthplace, Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

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