Opening lines from a May 16 Cleveland.com article:
“Hiram trainer Jeff Radosevich had a heavy heart as he prepared Culpepper Creek…for Saturday’s…Michael F. Rowland Memorial Handicap… Radosevich took his outstanding stakes mare Caviar N Champagne out on the ThistleDown track on Friday in preparation for her first start of the 2015 season. The six-year-old stakes winner seemed healthy and happy, he said. But after a short gallop, Caviar N Champagne suffered a heart attack and immediately collapsed and died. ‘Believe me, I cried,’ said Radosevich. ‘Owner Ron Paolucci (of Loooch Racing Stables in Stow) was devastated by it.'”
A fatal heart attack for a 6-year-old horse (just about reaching full maturity) raises no eyebrows in Racing world. Instead, it’s “heavy hearts,” tears, and “devastation.”
Also, according to the Paulick Report, 4-year-old Diversy Harbor was euthanized for an injury – snapped sesamoids- sustained in the 7th at Santa Anita April 18. This, of course, only qualifies as news at Paulick because Diversy Harbor was a graded stakes winner who was felled in a $150,000 race; obituaries for the more pedestrian are noticeably lacking. Paulick also reprinted this drivel from owner Glen Hill Farm:
“Sorry to write that Diversy Harbor didn’t make it. She was a brilliant filly, had a sweet demeanor, and was a great patient. Her good foot ended up rotating to the point that she literally didn’t have a good leg to stand on. Thanks for all the well wishes.” These people are revolting.