The (Equibase) chart for the final race at Gulfstream yesterday: “Okeemeister fell [at the] top [of the] stretch, vanned off”; “Shere Khan fell over fallen rival, vanned off.” The “fallen rival,” the Daily Racing Form reports, was “put down.” Dead.
In his last five full races (September-May), Okeemeister finished a combined 94 lengths back – almost 20 per start. Sounds like his fatal fall was but a matter of time. Incidentally, during this six-race run (including yesterday), the 4-year-old was made to endure three different trainers – Juan Arias, Antonio Machado, and Antonio Cioffi.
Okeemeister – made, January 27, 2012…killed, May 25, 2016
This is horseracing.