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Claudius Augustus Passes at age 13

Claudius Augustus,t,5 ,1:53.3m, $305,889 out of the Speedy Claude mare, Claudes Last Lady succumbed to colic this past week.

Bred and raised by the late Dr.Gary Budahn and his wife Debra, Claudius made his mark not only on the race track but also in the breeding shed in California and Minnesota.

Whether racing from behind or on the front end, Claudius showed his grit and speed appearing in the winner’s circle 28 times out of 74 lifetime starts. Along with his laid back temperament, Claudius passed on his traits to his offspring, making him a favorite in California while standing stud.

With outstanding Sires stakes champions, My Little Susie t,3 1:56.4f $75,363 and Cadet t,4 1:56.4m $38,796, Sandy’s Song t,4 1:57.4 $58,956. Keeping him in the family, Claudius was shipped to Nancy and Larry Jenson of Iowa to stand in the now rising Minnesota sires stakes. Nancy is the sister to the late Dr. Gary Budahn.

Ironically, Cal Expo in Sacramento, California is hosting the Gary Budahn series this week with the final racing this Friday in memory of the veterinarian who not only had many outstanding horses racing in California but was a top track vet for over 35 years along with being a CHHA president for many years.