The only Breeder’s Cup Champion to race and stand at stud in Oklahoma died this week. He had just turned 24.
1994 Breeder’s Cup Champion Concern was laid to rest at Oklahoma Equine Reproductive Center. He moved from Maryland’s Northview Stallion Station to OEH in 2004 where he stood until being pensioned in 2011.
Concern brought national attention to the young Remington Park Racetrack when he ran in the 1994 Great West Stakes. He was well known for his exciting come from behind style and while he finished third that day, he did it his way starting out in 10th place, but gaining only to third to be upset Al Horton’s Oklahoma-bred Silver Goblin (Silver Ghost – Molly O'Horton).
It was after the race in Oklahoma that Concern won the 1994 Breeders Cup. And, he did it his way.
Going off as the fourth betting favorite, Concern went from last to first. Running six wide in the stretch, he caught Tobasco Cat in the final yards to win by a neck as the track announcer shouted, “And it’s Concern from out of the clouds!” (View video below)
A winner of $3,079,350, Concern won more than any other horse to compete exclusively in North America in 1994.
In 1994 Concern ran 14 times, finishing in the trifecta in all 14. He was a runner-up for the 3-year-old Eclipse Award to Holy Bull (who was named Horse of the Year).
A son of Broad Brush out of Fara’s Team, Concern was bred by leading Maryland breeder Robert E. Meyerhoff and won the Arkansas Derby his three year old season. Concern’s Maryland connections then decided to pass on the Kentucky Derby and to run in the Preakness Stakes. He trailed the field of 10 for three quarters of a mile then went 7 wide in the stretch to finish third behind Tobasco Cat and Kentucky Derby winner Go for Gin.
His narrow defeat to division champ Holy Bull in the Grade 1 Travers was again a classic with his dramatic late closing style. Concern was nearly 22 lengths behind Holy Bull before pulling within in four lengths with a quarter mile to go and then battling to the wire losing by a neck.
While it was his patented late move that endeared him to racing fans, it was his professional personality that will be missed by all who knew him here.
“Concern was such a gentleman to be around. He wasn’t your typical stallion. He honestly had the presence of a Classic’s winner and many fans came just to see him,” said Oklahoma Equine’s Dr. Joe Carter.
“He was born on Valentines Day in 1991 and he had the big heart to prove it,” Carter said.
In addition to producing multiple stakes winners, Concern was the also sire of two-time Eclipse Award winning and millionaire Good Night Shirt.
He was three year old Champion and Horse of the Year in Maryland and is in the Maryland Thoroughbred Hall of Fame.