Graded stakes winner and grade I stakes-placed Bearpath, who sustained a shoulder injury during the John’s Call Stakes at Saratoga Aug. 5, was euthanized Sept. 23.
Trainer Ian Wilkes said that all efforts were made to save the 5-year-old Dynaformer gelding. “Over the past couple of weeks, Bearpath had started to go the wrong way, and while we remained hopeful he would turn the corner, he did not,” Wilkes said
Campaigned by Lothenbach Stables, Bearpath won or placed in 11 of 25 races and earned $380,969 in four years. He experienced his best season in 2010, winning the Pan American Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park and running second in the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) at Saratoga and the Louisville Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. In this year’s Louisville, he was beaten a nose.
Bearpath was purchased for $170,000 by Chesapeake, agent, at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale from Darby Dan Farm, agent for breeder Whisper Hill Farm.
Bearpath’s dam, Song ‘n Silk (by Unbridled's Song), is a half sister to graded stakes winner Unbridled Hope.