Dec 2013 Racing Calendar
NewsBritish Sterling dies at 22
By Robin Clements
British Sterling the 2012 trotting stallion of the year was euthanized Thursday after a battle with testicular cancer.
Foaled in 1991 by Overcomer out of the mare Sterling Mistique, British was owned by the late Alan Kirschenbaum and trained by long time partners and friends Tim and Denise Maier where he took his mark of 1:56.1m and earned a bankroll of $232,714 before being retired to the breeding shed where he had 28 starters out of 32 foals.
British Sterling shared breeding duties with another California favorite Little Steven at Alan Kirschenbaum’s Cherry Tree farm in Wilton California. Shari Burns long time friend and farm manager stated “ It was a sad day for us and very hard as British was put down 2 days before the 1 year anniversary of Alan’s death. We fed him carrots but he was letting us know it was time to go. He’s up there now with Alan sharing those memories especially the favorite win together at the Red Mile.”
British Sterling was awarded the 2012 Stallion of the year award for trotters based on his prodginy’s offspring in the sires stakes program. Some of his offspring are Cast British t,6 1:56m, $280,506, Jess or No t,5, 1:56.1m $210,153, Silverlode t,3 1:58m $69,282 and a Cal Expo fan favorite Cherry Tree Nicole t,7 1:57.4m, $124,456 who in the last 2 years has racked up 28 wins.