According to the chartwriter (Equibase), Iggy Loco’s run in the 8th at Aqueduct Wednesday went like this: “lost his action with six furlongs remaining and was immediately put to a protective hold, guided to the outside, pulled up and was subsequently vanned off.” “Protective hold, guided to the outside.” So far, so good. “Vanned off”? Merely precautionary right, apologists? Turns out, the 3-year-old is dead – euthanized, says the Gaming Commission, presumably back in the barn.
The Commission has also disclosed the death of 5-year-old Rainy Night: “found lame in her stall on 11/15; euthanized on 11/22 for severe hemorrhage from gastrocnemius tear/trauma.” No word on how, exactly, this horse tore her muscle enough to produce that “severe hemorrhage,” and I suspect that that’s exactly how it will stay. As for the initial lameness, a clue perhaps in Rainy Night’s final race, at Belmont roughly one month prior: 11th of 12, 17+ lengths back.