Polish Navy was the sire of 1993 Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero , who was trained in Aiken by the late Mack Miller.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility president Michael Blowen said Thursday that 27-year-old Polish Navy died after struggling to recover from hip surgery a few weeks ago.
Polish Navy was campaigned by the Phipps family and trained by Shug McGaughey , winning the Champagne and Cowdin Stakes as a 2-year-old in 1986, but a knee injury prevented him from running in the Triple Crown.
He still won the Woodward as a 3-year-old and retired with seven wins in 12 starts.
ECLIPSE AWARD FINALISTS: Superstar mare Zenyatta and 4-year-old Blame , who ended her 19-race unbeaten streak in the Breeders' Cup Classic, are among the finalists for the Eclipse Award's Horse of the Year.
Zenyatta, Blame and European star Goldikova are finalists for the award, which will be handed out on Jan. 17.
Zenyatta is considered the heavy favorite to win champion older female for the third consecutive year. Other finalists in that category are Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Unrivaled Belle and Life At Ten .
Blame, along with Aiken-trained Quality Road and Richard's Kid , are vying for older male honors.
Preakness champion Lookin At Lucky is among the finalists for 3-year-old champion. Wood Memorial winner Eskendereya and Secretariat Stakes winner Paddy O'Prado are the other finalists in that category.
Boys at Tosconova , To Honor and Serve and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo are contenders for 2-year-old male.
Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck , Evening Jewel and Havre de Grace are finalists for 3-year-old filly.
Bob Baffert , Todd Pletcher and John Shirreffs , who trained Zenyatta , are finalists for trainer of the year.
Ramon Dominguez , Garrett Gomez and John Velazquez are the finalists for jockey of the year.