Vino Rosso wins Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Vino Rosso won the $6 mil­lion Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic by 4 1/4 lengths, draw­ing away from 5-2 fa­vorite McKinzie down the stretch of a race marred by a “se­ri­ous” in­jury to a 15-1 long shot Satur­day night. The horse was fi­nally eu­th­a­nized.

Mon­go­lian Groom was part of the early pace in the 1 1/4-mile race that capped the two-day world cham­pi­onships at Santa Anita. But jockey Abel Cedillo sharply pulled up the 4-year-old geld­ing near the eighth pole as the rest of the field charged to­ward the fin­ish line.

“We know he’s in­jured his left hind leg,” said Dr. Al Rug­gles, the on-call vet­eri­nar­ian.

Dr. Scott Palmer, another on-call vet, de­scribed the in­jury as “se­ri­ous.”

Santa Anita has been the site of 36 horse deaths since De­cem­ber. Track owner The Stronach Group rushed to im­ple­ment changes to rules in­volv­ing med­i­ca­tion and train­ing. The Breeders’ Cup also beefed up its own pre-race ex­ams and ob­ser­va­tions of Cup run­ners.

It was the only in­jury in the 14 Cup races.

A green screen was rushed onto the track to block Mon­go­lian Groom from the view of 67,811 fans and a prime-time tele­vi­sion au­di­ence. He was loaded onto an equine am­bu­lance and taken to a hos­pi­tal on the back­stretch.

Tyler Gaf­falione, aboard War of Will, turned his head back to look at Cedillo, who was right be­hind him along the rail.

Mon­go­lian Groom has three wins in 17 ca­reer starts and earn­ings of $579,141. He was com­ing off a vic­tory over McKinzie in the Awe­some Again Stakes on the same track in Septem­ber that earned him a berth in the Clas­sic.

Bred in Ken­tucky by Calumet Farm, Mon­go­lian Groom is trained by Gan­bat Enebish and owned by Mon­go­lian Stable, the name of Gan­baatar Dag­vadorj’s racing op­er­a­tion. His best horse was 2015 Turf Sprint win­ner Mon­go­lian Satur­day, who like Mon­go­lian Groom was a 15-1 shot in the Breeders’ Cup.

Mon­go­lian Groom eu­th­a­nized af­ter in­jury

ARCADIA, Calif. (AFP) — Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic run­ner Mon­go­lian Groom was eu­th­a­nized af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous frac­ture to his left hind limb on

Satur­day, be­com­ing the 37th horse to die at Santa Anita race­track since De­cem­ber.

The equine deaths — start­ing with more than 20 in the first three months of the track’s Win­ter-Spring meet­ing — had put Santa Anita and the sport of horse racing un­der fierce scrutiny from an­i­mal rights ac­tivists as well as state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in the build up to the $28 mil­lion Breeders’ Cup meet­ing.

“The death of Mon­go­lian Groom is a loss to the en­tire horse racing com­mu­nity,” a state­ment from Breeders’ Cup Lim­ited said.

Breeders’ Cup of­fi­cials said vet­eri­nar­ian Larry Bram­lage would con­duct an in­de­pen­dent eval­u­a­tion of the death “the re­sults of which will be pub­lished when com­pleted.”

A 4-year-old son of High­tail, Mon­go­lian

Groom qual­i­fied for the $6 mil­lion Clas­sic — the show­piece of the 14-race, $28 mil­lion Breeders’ Cup — with a win in the Grade One Awe­some Again Stakes.

He was mak­ing his 17th ca­reer start and 11th of the sea­son and was in the mid­dle of the field as they turned for home when jockey Abel Cedillo pulled him up.

The horse was taken from the track in an equine am­bu­lance and ex­am­ined by a team of vet­eri­nar­i­ans at the track’s hos­pi­tal.

“Dur­ing their eval­u­a­tion at the equine hos­pi­tal at Santa Anita, they ob­served a se­ri­ous frac­ture to his left hind limb,” the state­ment said.

“Ra­dio­graphs were taken and a com­plete eval­u­a­tion was per­formed.

Given the ex­tent of the in­jury, four vet­eri­nar­i­ans rec­om­mended hu­mane eu­thana­sia, the state­ment said.


Irad Or­tiz Jr. aboard Vino Rosso, front, leads the Breeders’ Cup Clas­sic horse race at Santa Anita Park, Satur­day, in Arcadia, Calif.

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