Shortly after coming “under urging,” 5-year-old Sage Valley died from an “apparent cardiac arrest” in the 8th yesterday at Aqueduct. To remind, 5-year-old equines – the rough equivalents of human teenagers – should not be dropping dead of heart failure.
Rudy Rodriguez was Sage Valley’s handler for all but two of his 17 races, including the final one. This comes but five days after Rodriguez, a $23 million trainer, lost Quick Money on that same track.
The NYRA announcer (and cameraman), of course, utterly ignores the dying/dead horse in the official call (“Race Replays,” Wed, race 8).