According to multiple sources, Au Moon (photo here), who was a “vanned off” August 8 at Monmouth, is dead, unable to survive a post-injury surgery. The gelding had just returned to the whip after being raced just once (Sep ’14) over the previous two years, his people trying to squeeze just a few more dollars out of his 9-year-old body. In a Saratogian article three days after the injury, trainer David Carroll said:
“Just like what happens every day in the race, he just took a bad step. I’m not down-playing this by any stretch of the imagination, but it just happens. Unfortunately it happens all the time in racing. He was pushing his way out of gap and got between horses and just unfortunately took a bad step.”
Yes, of course – the proverbial “bad step.” Shameful.