February 21, 2024

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Nyquist colt New York Thunder, with Tyler Gaffalione aboard, winner of the Amsterdam (G2)

Tragedy unfolded in the closing phases of the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial (G1) for 3-yr-old sprinters Saturday at Saratoga Race Training course when favorite New York Thunder appeared en route to a crystal clear victory but fell near the sixteenths pole. The undefeated Nyquist colt experienced a catastrophic injuries to his left entrance fetlock and was euthanized on the observe.

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione was on his toes and walked to an ambulance.

1 in Vermillion ($41.40) went on to a hollow victory in the 7-furlong race.

Coming into with 4 wins from as quite a few occupation starts, like the Amsterdam (G2) July 29 at the Spa in his most latest start, New York Thunder was the 7-5 favourite. He was developed by he Midshipman mare Commence In excess of and was properly trained by Jorge Delgado for AMO United states of america Racing. He was bred in Kentucky by Gatewood Bell and Overlooked Land Investments Inc.

A person in Vermillion raced much off the pace at the rear of the area down the backstretch and made a potent sustained run under Irad Ortiz Jr., profitable in a remaining time of 1:22.63 at odds of 19-1 for coach Esteban “Steve” Martinez’s 1st profession graded stakes victory.

Verifying concluded 2nd 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Arabian Lion. Fort Bragg and Drew’s Gold accomplished the purchase of complete.

Jonathan Kalman’s Just one in Vermillion, a California-bred son of Army Mule out of the Any Offered Saturday mare Presented Star, entered from a third-place finish in the West Virginia Derby (G3) on August 6 at Mountaineer, and has now finished in-the-money in each of his past six starts.

New York Thunder was the next fatality on the Travers Day card. Qatar Racing’s Irish-bred Nobel, creating his U.S. debut for coach Brendan Walsh, experienced a catastrophic injury whilst galloping out following the fifth race, an allowance contest, operate more than a turf course rated “good.”

8 horses have died although racing for the duration of the current Saratoga fulfill, with an additional 4 fatally wounded while education. Seven of the eight racing fatalities were being the outcome of musculoskeletal accidents, with the eighth horse having an apparent lethal cardiac function.

The New York Racing Association issued the pursuing assertion Saturday night:

  • New York Thunder (#6) sustained a catastrophic injuries to his left front leg in the extend run of Race 9 on Saturday at Saratoga Race Study course . Irrespective of the instant reaction of on-web site veterinarians, the horse was humanely euthanized due to the severity of the personal injury. New York Thunder was qualified by Jorge Delgado and ridden by Tyler Gafflione, who was unhurt.
  • 7 horses have sustained catastrophic accidents in the course of racing at the 2023 summer meet at Saratoga Race System, which opened on July 13 and has featured 2,461 horses starting off in 324 races.
  • 1 horse (Burning Vivid) died out of the blue throughout the operating of a race due to a main cardiovascular occasion.

“The safety of horses and jockeys competing at Saratoga Race System is paramount,” said NYRA president and CEO Dave O’Rourke. “NYRA is continuing to examine these catastrophic injuries with HISA officers, the New York Point out Gaming Commission, and the New York Point out Equine Healthcare Director. We will quickly seek the advice of with HISA’s Observe Surface area Advisory Group to additional study the total issue of all 3 racing surfaces at Saratoga prior to Sunday’s system. In addition, NYRA will convene a team of related outside authorities to examine our present safety protocols and processes.

“While NYRA has created significant and sustained development reducing the frequency of really serious accidents above the very last 10 yrs, there is generally far more perform to be accomplished to build on that development now and in the potential.”

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