Horse Racing Injuries and Fatalities



  • Thats sad, he just dies like that at an early age
  • I do have some good news though: just heard Andrew Bensley on Skysportsradio with Graham Salisbury, on Bauer. Just to remind, Bauer, now 10, has been fighting for his life with a twisted bowel. Graham reports that Bauer is now home, chirpy, eating well, and will be off medication by Monday, then will have plenty of time to recover before he returns as a clerk of course horse sometime next year. (Bauer failed by a nose to Viewed in the 2008 Melbourne Cup, where he was trained by Luca Cumani, and was retired to become a clerk's horse.) How good for the soul to have positive stories to report!!
  • Thoroughbred Racing‏ tweeted
    Breeding News: The Sun Has Set: Monsun Dies at 22: A look at the career of the late German sire Monsun
    Monsun has died. On Monday, Sept. 9, at 7:00 p.m., the pillar of Gestut Schlenderhan and a bulwark of European bloodlines was put to rest at age 22 after suffering an acute neurological disease.
    Bred by Gestut Isarland in 1990, Monsun did not reach the races until age 3. Racing in the colors of Baron Georg von Ullmann and trained by Heinz Jentzsch, Monsun started 17 times in his three-year turf career, winning eight races (all group stakes from 10-12 furlongs) including three group Is. A solid middle-distance performer adept on both soft and firm turf, Monsun earned more than $1.7 million
  • Apapane, 09 Champion 2yo filly & 10 Champion 3yo filly, has been retired from racing after a bowed tendon was discovered. In 2010 she became the 3rd filly to win the Filly Triple Crown, and in 2011 she became the first filly triple crown winner to win another race after the TC, when she won the G1 Victoria Mile over Horse of the Year Buena Vista. She is a daughter of King Kamehameha, out of the Salt Lake mare, Salty Bid. She has NO Sunday Silence in her, so it is likely that her first cover will be Deep Impact. She was probably going to retire at the end of this season anyway.

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  • Potesta Fractures Left Leg, Undergoes Surgery
    By Blood-Horse Staff
    Updated: Friday, September 14, 2012 7:06 PM
    Hollywood Oaks (gr. II) winner Potesta suffered a career-ending condylar fracture to her left front leg during a morning workout Sept. 14 and was to undergo surgery that afternoon in an attempt to save her life, according to a report from the Daily Racing Form.
    The 3-year-old daughter of Macho Uno breezed six furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park for trainer Mike Mitchell under exercise rider Adalberto Lopez and was galloping out after the move when Lopez heard a crack, reported DRF. The rider jumped off the filly, who was preparing for the Sept. 29 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park and walked her back to the barn.
    "It looked pretty bad," Mitchell told DRF. "We want to save her, and her owners said to spare no expense."
    Potesta was vanned to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center to stabilize the injury, which was high above the ankle, according to reports
  • Potesta Update Friday Sept. 14 7:30 PM Pacific
    McCall Rounsefell‏ tweet
    Just left Alamo Pintado with happy tears. Potesta is out of surgery and doing well. Eating, walking and looking out her window
    Brad Free‏ tweet
    Glad to report 3yo filly Potesta, injured Friday at BHP, doing well post-op,
    screw inserted in break, walking and putting weight on leg
  • Potesta 3yo filly Greats news will keep her and her owners in out thoughts and light a candle for her.
  • Great news for Potesta, thanks for the update. She's been a favorite of mine since I saw her out duel Eden's Moon at the Hollywood Oaks.
  • she will be retired tho :(
  • Thanks Keta for Potesta update. Had read the article about her injury yesterday and was concerned. Hope she continues to do well. Eden's Moon is a good filly. It took a good filly to beat her.
  • A 7 year old son of Street Cry died in Australia. Whobegotyou was the 3yr old champ there, raced for 5 years, and was only out of the money 3 times. He was retired, it doesn't say what the cause of death was, just that he died peacefully at his owners farm. If the link doesn't work, go to Black Caviar's fb and scroll down a little.
  • 2011 champion Hansen retired; stud deal sought
    by Ray Paulick | 09.16.2012 | 11:45pm
    It was the greatest present Dr. Kendall Hansen ever received, but even Christmas doesn’t last forever. The breeder and co-owner of Hansen, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding 2-year-old male, said his multiple graded stakes-winning namesake has officially been retired.
    A tendon injury was detected in Hansen’s left foreleg just three days before he was to run in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes on Aug. 25, and his owner said then it was unlikely the son of Tapit would ever race again. A physician who operates a pain management clinic in Crestview Hills, Ky., Dr. Hansen held out hope that stem cell treatment and rest would heal the tear in the tendon. After further consulting with Dr. Alan Ruggles of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, however, he’s made the decision to retire Hansen and entertain offers from stallion operations for the 2013 breeding season.
    “I was kind of shocked to see how much damage the tendon had on the inside,” Hansen said. “It’s a top-to-bottom tear and there’s enough damage there that I just want to get him to the best farm I can and let the professionals do the best they can with him in his next career.”
    Hansen said the decision was not easy.
  • Add Get Stormy to the Retired List
    Get Stormy, three times a Grade 1 winner on turf for trainer Tom Bush, has also been retired following a setback after his most recent outing in the Fourstardave at Saratoga, where he was third.
  • Paynter Update Monday Sept. 17 at 4 PM
    Laura Javsicas‏ VMD tweet to A.Zayat
    Paynter enjoyed his day grazing outside.
    He continues to have mild fevers and signs of GI inflammation, which are being treated.
  • Paynter Update Tues. Sept. 18 5:30 PM Pacific A. Zayat tweets combined
    I am happy finally to go to my full and regular update on our beloved Paynter. I need to apologize for the last couple of days have been traveling, had a house full of family. I have asked @LJavsicasVMD our angel to kindly update his fans the last two days you can continue to follow her at that address.
    Back to Paynter, His feet are very comfortable and perfect. we see no issue there for a full recovery from his mild laminitis since again he has shown zero separation, rotation or sinking. We are scheduling to fly in his vets/ farrier Dr. Bryan Farley on friday to remove his three casts and to examine his feet. fingers crossed. We are hoping for a happy update so please continue your prayers and good wishes.
    Not only Paynter is responding but his caretakers led by Dr. Laura and his group of renound vets are being very encouraged by your support. let alone myself and my family.
    Regarding his other issues mainly colitis, he is still fighting that evil disease very hard. He does have his moments with his battles. His last 3 days have been very tough on him while his blood works looks healthy and perfect and his lungs and other organs look healthy. His appetite fluctuates day to day. his attitude has been happier and brighter. the only major issue that is giving me sleepless nights is his fever. He has been spiking fevers since saturday while it is up and down it has been well above normal. It seems to us that while his colon is healing it will take sometime. but it is very evident that he still has a very severe case of inflammation of his GI track and some thickening on the ultra sound which is not good we believe he has beaten the odds so far and he been fighting so couragerously and this colt really wants to live and fight we have been giving him all chances on doing so.
    Neither I or Laura or our families want to give up. But he really needs to get better and we need to help him get his fever back to normal like last week.
    So we decided after consulting with world experts in that disease and internal medicine specialists that we now need to be more aggressive and go ALL WAR on these bacterial infections that he has in his gut and colon and to help combat it by using new and different combinations of more than one antibiotic. Of course the decision was not an easy one because we want to be merciful to his sensitive stomach and colon as well as we didn't want to start the onsite of another episode of diherria.
    I have given my full support and approval to our vets to start this new remedy yesterday. We been praying very hard that it will be the la st major attempt to help him fight this vicious battle with his colitis the imflammation. They have decided not to use an oral antibiotics but to have it administrated trough a catheder with a strong mix of more than one medicine. We are very hopeful that God willing he will respond.
    Some positive signs to report since yesterday his fever been back to normal for the first time since friday. His manure has been ok. No diherria. Which tells us that he is showing signs of response to the changes in his meds. so thats all for now.
    We will continue praying the next 2-3 days are pretty vital in his recovery. If we are able to get those improvements we can start breathing a sigh of relief that this warrior have WON two major battles. #keepfightingpaynter #warrior #star
  • As you probably know, Hootie, Zenyatta's pony horse, passed away in July. He was in his senior years, and happily retired in Northern California, at the beautiful Stonepine Estate, with the Trott horses. Not one to laze around, he did have a very important part time job in retirement, he was the spokeshorse for Trott. He died peacefully, with people that loved him present, from complications of arthritis. Ashton B. Montgomery made this lovely tribute I thought you would enjoy. For anyone on fb, Hootie has a page, Hootie (Zenyatta's pony horse), there are more pix of him there.
  • JSmith: Thank you so much for that truly beautiful tribute to Hootie. I didn't know about him and his contribution to Zenyatta until I got into this site, and it's one of the wonderful things about it, the way you folk with so much knowledge and information to pass on share with those of us who don't know the full story. I'm very grateful to you for your trouble in putting the tribute up. Thanks.
  • RIP Deputed Testimony, at age 32.
  • Paynter Update Wed. Sept 19 in morning A.ZAYAT‏ tweet
    paynter up @JustinZayat good night last nigth no fever all blood work good ,very comfortablehe is out now glazing good response for new med
    (Keta Note: This is as is. Usually Mr. Zayat has Justin tweet for him. This seems to his own Tweet.

    Ray Paulick‏ (Paulick Report) did a series of tweets between 9 to 10 AM Pacific.
    Here they are:
    Paynter much like Barbaro struggle. Like the Jacksons, A. Zayat understands how much fans care for the horse, transparency so important.
    Ray Paulick‏ tweet: A. Zayat on Paynter and aggressive treatments. "This week has been very tough on him.... Last 24 hours have been almost miraculous."
    Ray Paulick‏ tweet: A. Zayat on Paynter "unbelievable roller coaster...sleepless nights...there is point where you don't want him to feel he is being abused."

    Ray Paulick‏ tweet: A. Zayat discussing serious subject of Paynter's health on @TVG but had to chuckle at how he refers to Bob Baedeker as "Mr. B." #Respect
    Keta Note: Mr Zayat was interviewed on TVG this morning. Did not see it.
    So far, have not found a link to interview.
  • Deputed Testamony--Barbara Livingston's photo tribute
    DRF Derby‏ tweet
    Barbara Livingston's photo tribute to Deputed Testamony, the 1983 #Preakness winner who died yesterday at 32
  • HorseBiz Behind the business side of the horse industry
    Blog by Greg Hall in Courier-Journal
    Behind the breakdowns
    Posted on September 19, 2012 by Gregory A. Hall
    Here’s a story about trying to get the story behind a rash of fatal breakdowns at Churchill Downs this spring. It’s about a yet-to-be-named track where many of those horses raced before coming to Louisville and our efforts to get the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to name that track.
    In short, the latest is that we’ve appealed the commission’s withholding of some information identifying the horses in postmortem reports. That information, widely disclosed in racing programs and handicapping products, could help the public learn where those horses raced previously and bring light to the situation. While the industry is doing more than it ever has on the issue of racing safety, one of the bugaboos with the issue from the outset has been transparency.
    At the August 15 meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, state officials reported on a rash of 10 fatal breakdowns during Churchill’s spring meet.
  • HRTV‏ tweet on Wed. Sept 19
    Saratoga Special winner Spurious Precision euthanized Tuesday following injury sustained during Monday breeze, according to his connections.
  • OMG
  • RIP Spurious Precision. What a complete shame. I think he was a colt that had so much potential and capability. Gone way too soon.

    And Rolling Fog is out for most of the season with bucked shins. He will miss the Frontrunner Stakes, the Juvenile, and possibly the winter Santa Anita meet as well. I think Baffert is too hard on his horses as well (and, I have other opinions of Baffert that I will keep to myself for now...).
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