In memoriam 2017

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Flanders
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:57 pm

Lusory, 4yo colt (Shamadral - Playful Act, by Sadler's Wells) died sometime in 2017 according to his Racingpost page.
He was the last foal out of Champion, G1SW Playful Act, who sold for a then World Record broodmare price of $10.5 million in 2007.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:13 pm

Alicia Wincze Hughes‏
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Terrible news to pass on as @LanesEndFarms announces that City Zip has been euthanized at age 19 due to chronic foot problems.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:18 pm

That's a big loss, as City Zip was one of those slightly under-the-radar stallions who could sire top runners for every surface and any distance. :(
Is there a really good son of his at stud who will carry his line on?
ETA: I looked up his Stallion Register page and so many of his best runners have been mares or geldings. One nice colt still racing is Collected...and I suspect that his value just went up.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:29 pm

Sad to hear about City Zip. We always take note when one of his babies show up in races here. Off the top of my head, I suppose maybe Palace or Run Away and Hide or a sire like Majestic City can step up and carry on his sire line. They'll have to do it the hard way though, just like papa did.
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Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:03 pm

City Zip gave us some great racing memories in the summer of 2000 going on a nice run in NY.
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Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:58 pm

There's a 2017 death report filed with the Jockey Club for Pike Place Dancer, winner of the 1996 Kentucky Oaks. I haven't seen any articles about it, though.
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Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:10 am

Was watching the Saratoga main track on NYRA's Roku channel when 2yo Howard Beach went down in the stretch while breezing. He was euthanized on the track and I'm wondering too about the rider's condition. He was obscured by the railing but I'm pretty sure left in an ambulance.
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Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:28 pm

Breeder, Actor, Playwright Sam Shepard Dead at 73
Sam Shepard, a playwright, actor, musician, director, screenwriter, and author who also bred Thoroughbreds, died July 27 at his Totier Creek Farm near Midway, Ky., of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was 73.

Shepard grew up around horses in Southern California, working at various farms in the area and serving as a hotwalker at Santa Anita Park. He gave up the horses after stints of rodeoing, team-roping, and bareback riding, for a typewriter. His play "Buried Child" won him a Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979. He wrote a dozen of produced plays and was nominated for two Tony Awards and 11 Obie Awards. As an actor, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in "The Right Stuff."

Shepard was also a musican of note, co-writing "Brownsville Girl" with Bob Dylan and playing with the 1960s band Holy Modal Rounders, with whom he continued to perform for decades.

He bought his first Thoroughbred in 1987, a half-sister to Carol's Christmas named River Chant. Shepard bred Nile Chant out of River Chant, and Nile Chant went on to produce the Shepard-bred stakes winner Ornate.

Under his Totier Creek banner, Shepard bred multiple stakes winner Two Trail Sioux, who took the 2005 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) and that year’s Bayakoa Stakes; and China, who won the Bonapaw Stakes.
http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... dead-at-73
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:56 am

California breeders took another hit today, as f*@&ing laminitis has claimed one of its most dependable stallions.
California Sire Decarchy Euthanized
Steadily producing California sire Decarchy was euthanized late last week due to complications from laminitis.
The 20-year-old son of Distant View hailed from one of Thoroughbred industry's most successful mares—Toussaud, who was also the dam of elite runners and producers Empire Maker, Chester House, Chiselling, and Honest Lady.
"He was a blue-collar horse, but with his runners, you always got a check," said Tom Hudson with Magali Farms, where Decarchy stood his entire stallion career.

Read more: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... euthanized
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:58 pm

Glen Hill Farm owner Lavin dies at 97
Leonard Lavin, a successful entrepreneur and the owner of Glen Hill Farm, died Wednesday. He was 97.

A native of Chicago, Lavin graduated from the University of Washington and spent four years in the U.S. Navy before he purchased and reorganized the beauty-care supply manufacturer Alberto-Culver in 1955. The company created products under brands including Alberto VO5, St. Ives, TRESemmé, and Nexxus, among others.

A lifelong horse-racing fan, Lavin bought Glen Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., in 1966 and developed it into an elite racing and breeding operation both within the state and nationally. More than 80 runners won stakes races under his orange, white, and black colors, and the farm expanded into breeding in 1971.

Lavin’s greatest success on the racetrack came from 1994 Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner One Dreamer, a homebred who upended the race at Churchill Downs at odds of 47-1. Churchill proved to be One Dreamer’s track of choice, having won the Grade 2 Louisville Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap there earlier in the season to account for another of her six career stakes wins.

The Breeders’ Cup score was a particularly sweet return on investment for Lavin, who sponsored a Breeders’ Cup race through Alberto-Culver from 1990 to 2005.

One Dreamer was a daughter of another Glen Hill runner, multiple Grade 3 winner Relaunch, who went on to a successful career as a stallion. Relaunch continues to have a presence as a notable broodmare sire.

Other runners campaigned by Glen Hill Farm include Grade 1 winners Convenience and Marketing Mix; Grade 2 winners Top Rung, Wishing Gate, and Banned; Grade 3 winners Concept Win, Rich in Spirit, and Closeout; and stakes winner Repriced.
More: http://www.drf.com/news/glen-hill-farm- ... in-dies-97
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:58 pm

When I worked at the track I worked for the Proctor brothers who trained for Glen Hill Farm. Mr. Lavin came out one summer to Del Mar, at that time I wasn't working but still spent a lot of time hanging around the barn. Mr. Lavin called me the barn mascot LOL. Sad to hear of his passing. He was a nice man.
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Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:19 am

Fall Colors fell at the first fence in race 1 at Saratoga. He was euthanized. The rider was okay.
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Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:27 pm

Oklahoma star Okie Ride collapsed and died after a workout. Condolences to the owners and trainer; sounds like the ten-year-old was a real barn pet. :(
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Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:59 pm

Marshall Plan -- Speightstown o/o Versailles Treaty

Horse: MARSHALL PLAN
Incident: EQUINE DEATH
Racing Type: Thoroughbred
Location/Type: Saratoga Racecourse (NYRA), Saratoga Racecourse; Training
Date: 08/02/2017
Trainer: KIARAN P. MC LAUGHLIN
Jockey/Driver:
Weather:
Marshall Plan-Tr.Kieran McLaughlin-pulled up training-walked off track to barn-vet exam revealed fractured condylar bone-sent to Rood & Riddle for second opinion and determined horse had to be euthanized
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:57 am

Indiano wrote:Marshall Plan -- Speightstown o/o Versailles Treaty

Horse: MARSHALL PLAN
Incident: EQUINE DEATH
Racing Type: Thoroughbred
Location/Type: Saratoga Racecourse (NYRA), Saratoga Racecourse; Training
Date: 08/02/2017
Trainer: KIARAN P. MC LAUGHLIN
Jockey/Driver:
Weather:
Marshall Plan-Tr.Kieran McLaughlin-pulled up training-walked off track to barn-vet exam revealed fractured condylar bone-sent to Rood & Riddle for second opinion and determined horse had to be euthanized
:shock:
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:01 am

sweettalk wrote:
Indiano wrote:Marshall Plan -- Speightstown o/o Versailles Treaty

Horse: MARSHALL PLAN
Incident: EQUINE DEATH
Racing Type: Thoroughbred
Location/Type: Saratoga Racecourse (NYRA), Saratoga Racecourse; Training
Date: 08/02/2017
Trainer: KIARAN P. MC LAUGHLIN
Jockey/Driver:
Weather:
Marshall Plan-Tr.Kieran McLaughlin-pulled up training-walked off track to barn-vet exam revealed fractured condylar bone-sent to Rood & Riddle for second opinion and determined horse had to be euthanized
:shock:
Horses don't always go immediate lame with condylar fractures.
Overt fracture generally occurs during high-speed training or racing. Horses usually display an acute lameness which may not be evident for 10-15 minutes after cessation of activity due to the high levels of circulating cortisol.


From this article on them here http://www.veterinaryirelandjournal.com ... r_2014.pdf

Assuming the horse was pulled up as a precaution, if the horse wasn't lame, I guess there would be no reason to van them off?
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:51 pm

True....but I'll bet Kieran is second-guessing his choice now. It has to be terribly painful for a trainer to know that he could have done something differently, and maybe saved the horse. :(
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:14 pm

Permian after the secretariat. fell after the wire with "severely broken leg" :(
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Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:07 pm

Unless we missed another breakdown here it was actually the 5, Gorgeous Kitten with Geroux up. They took Geroux off on a stretcher but announced that he was "sitting up, active, and talking."
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