July 22, 2002 -- Prince Ahmed bin Salman passed away in his sleep of an apparent heart attack
today. He was 43.
Salman, a member of the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, won the Belmont
Stakes and Travers Stakes with Point Given in 2001. Point Given was
subsequently named Horse of the Year and Top 3-Year-old Colt of 2001.
This year, Salman won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with War
Emblem. He failed to win the Triple Crown when War Emblem stumbled at the
start of the Belmont Stakes and finished eighth.
"The entire family of The New York Racing Association is deeply saddened by
the sudden death of Prince Ahmed Salman," said Terry Meyocks, President and
Chief Operating Officer of NYRA. "He was a true horseman with an unwavering
passion for the sport he loved most, Thoroughbred racing. In recent years,
he helped to elevate our sport through his commitment, enthusiasm and
success. On behalf of Barry Schwartz (NYRA Chairman and CEO) and all of
NYRA, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends."
Salman was born on Nov. 17, 1958, in Saudi Arabia. He had an extensive
publishing business with offices in Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and
London, England. The company publishes numerous newspapers and magazines.
The Thoroughbred Corporation is the racing name used by Salman and a group
of international businessmen from Saudi Arabia, Europe and the United
States. The colors - white and green stripes with white sleeves and a green
cap - were common in graded races during the past eight years.
In addition to Point Given and War Emblem, Salman raced many top horses
during his ownership career: Officer won the 2001 Champagne at Belmont Park;
Sharp Cat won the 1996 Matron at Belmont Park; Anees won the 1999 Breeders'
Cup Juvenile at Gulfstream and won the Eclipse Award as Top 2-Year-Old Colt
in 1996; Jewel Princess won the 1996 Breeders' Cup Distaff and won the
Eclipse Award as Top Older Female in 1996; and Spain, who recently became
the winningest mare in history, won the 2000 Breeders' Cup Distaff at
Additional stakes winners campaigned by Salman, either as Universal Stable
or The Thoroughbred Corp., include Lear Fan, Simple Magic, Nearly Forgotten,
Something Gorgeous, Deputy Governor, Windsharp, Sharp Cat, Military,
Fantastic Fellow, Royal Anthem, Dr. Fong, Spain, Sapphire Ring, Crafty
Friend, Desert Hero and Patience Game.