In a claiming race last Wednesday at Mahoning, Sky Kerridge “stumbled badly and went to his knees at the start, stopped on the turn then was eased to the wire.” Officially, a DNF. In most cases, this would have been the final word, with us left waiting for the 4-year-old’s next entry or, possibly, disappearance from the charts. But this time, there was a postscript: I have learned that Sky Kerridge collapsed and died on his way back to the barn – no necropsy forthcoming. In his penultimate start a month ago, the John Myers-trained gelding finished last of 9…32+ lengths back.
Also, yesterday at Belmont, Deckers, an unraced 2-year-old colt trained by Jason Servis, shattered sesamoids while training and was euthanized. With this death, NY has surpassed last year’s kill total of 122. And there are still two weeks left.