Patrick J Battuello

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Washington Dacat Dead at Canterbury

In Dead Athletes on July 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

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.

Steeplechase Madness

In Steeplechase Racing on July 23, 2014 at 7:58 am

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:

Missy Zelliott Dies While Practicing at Belmont

In Dead Athletes on July 22, 2014 at 5:38 am

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.

Pair of 2-Year-Olds Ambulanced in Same Race

In Anatomy, Casualties on July 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

In futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs (New Mexico) on Friday, a pair of 2-year-olds – Ivory On the Up, Old Happy Cowboy – were vanned off with possibly (probably?) fatal injuries in the same race.

A reminder from equine vet Kraig Kulikowski: “A two-year-old horse is the equivalent to a six-year-old human.” Defend that, horseracing.

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Broken Bodies, 7/14/14-7/20/14

In Casualties on July 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

A reminder: Virtually without exception, “broke down” is racing-speak for dead; “vanned off” translates to a better-than-even chance of same-day euthanasia or shortly thereafter.

Monday
Costly, Mountaineer 1, bled, vanned off
Finally Together, Mountaineer 9, confirmed dead
Dangerously Royal, Suffolk 9, vanned off

Thursday
Aftermarketslam, Del Mar 4, vanned off
Kokaltash, Del Mar 5, vanned off
Maid for War, Evangeline 6, vanned off
Indomitable Woman, Finger Lakes 5, confirmed dead
Franderella, Indiana 1, vanned off
My Son Darren, Indiana 5, vanned off

Friday
Suddenly Perfect, Belterra 1, vanned off
Lucy Wears Prada, Canterbury 9, vanned off
Smooth Willow, Charles Town 2, vanned off
Could Be a Rumor, Charles Town 6, broke down
Generator, Evangeline 8, confirmed dead
Ivory On the Up, Ruidoso 7, vanned off
Old Happy Cowboy, Ruidoso 7, vanned off
Barela K, Thistledown 8, vanned off

Saturday
Piskacha, Belterra 4, confirmed dead
No Ma’am, Del Mar 4, vanned off
Boogie Woogie Flu, Evangeline 4, vanned off
Tri Polar, Gulfstream 11, vanned off
Ifihadalady, Mountaineer 6, vanned off
Flying Circus, Parx 3, vanned off
Storm Over Pawnee, Ruidoso 6, vanned off
Diamond for Cartel, Ruidoso 9, vanned off

Sunday
Washington Dacat, Canterbury 7, broke down
Villere, Gulfstream 4, vanned off
Pay Any Price, Gulfstream 7, bled
Red Force, Mountaineer 3, vanned off
Top Hawker, Mountaineer 7, vanned off
Briny Breezes, Ruidoso 9, vanned off
Taiban, Ruidoso 11, vanned off
Gryphon Gold, Sacramento 7, “hit rail,” fell, DNF

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