This, for 5-year-old GP’s Girl in the 5th yesterday at Arlington (Equibase): “sat well rated off the pace while running in the two path, bled and was eased in the final furlong, fell after the finish and died.” Bled first, then fell and died.
According to a trusted source, Phil’s Cocktail, a “fell past the quarter pole, vanned off” in the 8th at Thistledown Monday, is in fact dead – apparently from a heart attack. Phil’s Cocktail was six – an age when a horse is just emerging from puberty. Heart attack. Then again, perhaps the 48 times under the whip and the myriad substances pumped into his body over the past four years had something to do with it.