Vino Rosso wins Breeders’ Cup Classic
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.