Tin Cup Chalice, who became the first horse to sweep the Big Apple Triple for 3-year-olds bred in New York, and another horse were both euthanized Friday, April 17, following a training accident at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in western New York.
The gelding was jogging near the outside fence at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack on Friday when he collided with Zany, a 4-year-old colt that had bolted. Both horses were euthanized.
Jockey Pedro Rodriguez was hospitalized with unknown injuries.
In August, Tin Cup Chalice posted a head victory in Saratoga's $150,000 Albany Stakes for 3-year-olds bred in New York. It was the first sweep of the Big Apple Triple, a series that includes the Mike Lee Handicap at Belmont Park and the New York Derby at Finger Lakes. On April 13, Tin Cup Chalice was honored as champion New York-bred 3-year-old male during the annual New York Thoroughbred Breeders' awards dinner.
Bred in New York by Mike Lecesse, Tin Cup Chalice was a rags to riches story. Consigned at the 2005 New York Breeders' Sales Company's October Mixed Sale, the son of Crusader Sword was bought back for $2,000. Owned by Lecesse and Scott Van Lear and trained by Lecesse, Tin Cup Chalice won eight of 10 career starts, with one second place finish, while earning $868,680. In addition to the three races comprising the Big Apple Triple, Tin Cup Chalice won the grade II Indiana Derby and Finger Lakes Juvenile Stakes, with his runner-up effort coming in the Step Nicely Stakes at Belmont Park.
Zany,a 4-year-old son of War Chant trained by Ryan Beattie for owner Joseph E. Besecker, was winless in three starts.