I have confirmed that 2-year-old Washington Dacat is dead after breaking down in the 7th race Sunday at Canterbury Park. Pity trainer McLean Robertson and owner Barbara Kelley, for they are left with a zero return on their investment: This was the colt’s first race.
In a French steeplechase (Saint-Pierre-la-Cour) this past Sunday, 10 horses started, 3 finished. The video tells the story far better than I ever could:
A 3-year-old filly named Missy Zelliott collapsed and died while training at Belmont Park Sunday; the Gaming Commission believes the collapse a “cardiovascular” event. At three, the rough equivalent of a human pubescent. By the way, this horse had but one start (a month ago at Monmouth) – finishing last, 34 3/4 lengths back.