Vindication, winner of the 2002 Breeders'
Cup Juvenile and voted champion 2-year-old, has been euthanized
following the discovery of an irreparable gastric rupture.
The 8-year-old Vindication was euthanized Thursday at Rood and
Riddle Veterinary hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
A son of 1977 Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew, Vindication
won all four of his starts in 2002 before beginning his stallion
career. He has sired 41 winners who have taken over $2 million in
Vindication, owned by Padua Stables, was taken to Rood and
Riddle late Wednesday with signs of colic. Doctors discovered the
rupture during exploratory surgery.