LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Breakdowns - at least two of them fatal -
marred a record slate of stakes races Saturday at Keeneland in
which four horses earned automatic spots in the Breeders' Cup.
Teuflesberg, the 17th-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby,
pulled up short in the Grade 3 Phoenix Handicap with fractures to
both front legs. He was expected to have surgery early next week to
fuse bones in his ankles, said veterinarian Alan Ruggles.
The ugliest injury of the day didn't happen on the track but in
the paddock as Dream of Angels was being saddled for the Phoenix.
The horse was euthanized because of severe head trauma, severe
bleeding and cranial and spinal cord problems.
"It doesn't take a lot of force when you're a heavy animal to
be injured severely," Ruggles said. "Around Keeneland, there's
grass and there's rubber bricks to protect the horses. But it's
like you and I, you just hit yourself in a certain way and just the
force at a certain angle can cause dramatic damage."
Gold Train also was euthanized after pulling up lame with a
fractured right foot just past the quarter-pole in the Lane's End
Tracks across the country have been looking into synthetic
surfaces, in part to prevent catastrophic breakdowns, such as the
one that doomed Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the 2006
Preakness. Keeneland was among the first to install Polytrack, and
track officials said injuries were down last year.
That Futurity, the highlight of a record five graded stakes
races for the Lexington track, was won by Wicked Style, who showed
good speed from start to finish.
Starting from outside at the 12th post, the colt cemented his
status among the top 2-year-olds by remaining undefeated in three
"If I had a better post, I could have settled him behind
horses, but today it was either go or get hung wide," jockey Robby
Albarado said. "When he broke so sharp, that made up our minds to
The victory gave the George Arnold-trained horse an automatic
berth in next month's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, whose winner is often
the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Arnold said he would
likely keep him stabled in Kentucky right up to his trip to
Albarado guided the colt to the front-running victory, beating
Slew's Tiznow by more than three lengths. On Friday, Slew's
Tiznow's trainer Patrick Biancone was suspended for a year
suspension by the Kentucky stewards for violating medication rules.
He is appealing.
Wicked Style paid $24.20, $10.80 and $6.40. Slew's Tiznow
returned $6.20 and $4.60, and Old Man Buck paid $13.20 to show.
Purim won the other Grade 1 race of the day, the Shadwell Turf
Mile. The 20-to-1 shot, trained by Thomas Proctor and ridden by
Jamie Theriot, held off Cosmonaut by a neck to win a berth in the
Breeders Cup Mile.
"We had a perfect trip," Theriot said. "I never had to
steady. I got him to relax and settle."
Purim paid $43.80, $16.20 and $9. Cosmonaut was $5.80 and $3.60.
Shakis was $3.20.
In the Grade 3 Phoenix, 14-to-1 shot Off Duty took the lead just
past the halfway point and held off Rebellion by a half-length.
With Larry Melancon aboard, the colt won for the eighth time in 15
starts to earn a spot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Trainer Lynn Whiting wasn't guaranteeing an appearance at
"He is not nominated," Whiting said. "That would be a factor
because it may be cost prohibitive. He's really good right now.
Maybe he will make us go."
Off Duty paid $29.40, $12.80 and $8, returned Rebellion returned
$9.60 and $6.20, and Saint Anddan paid $4 to show.
In the Grade 2 First Lady, Vacare - the second horse on the
board at 2-1 - won under Corey Nakatani to clinch a berth in the
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
She paid $7.80, $4 and $3.40. Precious Kitten returned $4.40 and
$3.20, and Quite a Bride paid $4 to show. Even-money favorite,
French-bred Lady of Venice, was fourth.
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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