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Sire Caro
Dam Ride the Trails
Grandsire Fortino
Damsire Prince John
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1980
Country United States
Color Gray
Breeder John A. Nerud
Owner John A. Nerud
Trainer Jan H. Nerud
Record 24: 10-5-5
Earnings $978,152
Cozzene is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Ride the Trails by Caro. He was born around 1980 in the United States, and was bred by John A. Nerud.
Major wins

Cliff Hanger Handicap (1984)
Longfellow Handicap (1985)
Oceanport Handicap (1985)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Mile (1985)
American Champion Male Turf Horse (1985)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on September 14, 2008

Cozzene (1980–2008, Florida-bred) is an American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse and outstanding sire. He was bred and raced by U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee John A. Nerud and trained by his son, Jan.

Cozzene began racing at age three, winning three of six starts. At age four he won three more races from ten starts and ran third in the Breeders' Cup Mile. In 1985, the then five-year-old Cozzene had his best year in racing with wins in won four of eight starts. The previous year, in the inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park Racetrack, Cozzene had finished third but came back to win the November 2, 1985 edition at Aqueduct Racetrack in course record time. His 1985 performances earned him the 1985 Eclipse Award for American Champion Male Turf Horse.

Cozzene was euthanized on October 7, 2008 at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky. The stallion had had melanoma, a disease many gray horses get, for years but it had not caused him any pain him until recently.[1]

As a sire

Retired to stud duty, in 1996 Cozzene was the Leading sire in North America and in 2002 the Leading International Sire. He stands at Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. During his career he has sired thirty-one graded stakes winners and fourteen millionaires including:

  • Star of Cozzene (b. 1988) - multiple Grade 1 winner and earner of more than $2.3 million
  • Environment Friend (b. 1988) - English Champion, winner of Dante Stakes
  • Eishin Berlin (b.1992) - earner of more than $3.5 million in Japan
  • Admire Cozzene (b. 1996) - earner of more than $3.1 million in Japan



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