BALTIMORE – Homeboykris, a former Kentucky Derby runner, collapsed and died Saturday after scoring a 1/2-length feat in Race 1 on a Preakness Stakes undercard during Pimlico.
A son of Roman Ruler, a 9-year-old gelding visited a winner’s round before a occurrence on his approach behind to a barn.
Francis Campitelli lerned Homeboykris for owners Stirrup Trouble, LLC, during a time of his death. Campitelli’s son, Chris, tweeted that a horse suffered an “apparent” heart conflict and will bear a necropsy to serve try a cause.
“Homeboykris hasn’t taken a bad step given we’ve had him,” Chris Campitelli added. “Owner claimed him to assure he went to good home after competition career. Freak accident.”
It was a grave approach to start a cold, cloudy and stormy day, with Homeboykris a hard-knocking former graded stakes leader famous for his longevity. The Maryland-bred won 14 of 63 starts, including a Grade we Champagne in 2009 for then-trainer Rick Dutrow. The subsequent year, he ran 16th in a Derby won by Super Saver with MLB manager Joe Torre a co-owner.
Saturday’s win came in a starter stipend competition on a slop. Homeboykris saved belligerent before overhanging three-wide in a widen on his approach to commanding Golden Rings and Double Whammy during Pimlico.
Homeboykris’ genocide will again hint review about a suitable indicate to retire a racehorse. His win was his fourth in 6 races. And on Friday during Pimlico, 10-year-old Ben’s Cat prisoner a Jim McKay Turf Sprint for a fifth time in 6 tries for Hall of Fame tutor King Leatherbury.
Three races after during Pimlico, Pramedya pennyless down and had to be euthanized on a track due to inauspicious damage suffered in an stipend discretionary claimer on a turf. The 4-year-old filly pennyless her left-front cannon bone and tossed her jockey, Daniel Centeno. A lane orator pronounced a medical staff ecstatic Centeno to a internal sanatorium with a mangle in his right clavicle.
Gretchen and Roy Jackson, who also owned 2006 Kentucky Derby leader Barbaro — an dominant equine harmed in a Preakness a decade ago — also bred and campaigned Pramedya. Arnaud Delacour lerned a daughter of Harlan’s Holiday.
Pramedya won dual of her 4 career starts entering Saturday.
TVG’s Caton Bredar reported after vocalization to jockey John Veleazquez that a Hall of Fame supplement “believes a territory march is in really good figure notwithstanding a rain” and rubbed a aspect until her misstep. Velazquez won a 1 1/16-mile competition aboard Truly Together.
In a matter expelled after a horses’ deaths, Kathy Guillermo, clamp boss of a People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, released a matter job for a recover of oldster annals and drugs from dual weeks heading into Saturday’s races.
“Studies — and a possess investigations — have shown that many breakdowns and deaths start since horses have pre-existing injuries that are masked by a extreme use of authorised medications,” Guillermo said. “We wish to know if that is what happened in a cases of Pramedya and Homeboykris. We have been advocating for no drugs to be administered to horses in a dual weeks before a competition so that if a equine is bruise or ill, a lane veterinarian will be means to detect it. In today’s racing drug culture, during slightest 3 horses are failing each day on U.S. tracks. The ridiculous use of flesh relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, and other drugs contingency finish now.”
The Jacksons particularly helped found a Water Hay Oats Alliance ancillary thoroughfare of laws prohibiting use of competition day medications.
In graded stakes Saturday during Pimlico, Always Sunshine prisoner a Grade III, $150,000 Maryland Sprint Handicap for 3-year-olds, Churchill Downs-based Bernie Flint scored in a Grade III, $150,000 Gallorette for fillies, and Takeover Target took a Grade II, $250,000 Longines Dixie on territory run a competition before a Preakness.