The crazy, mixed-up world of the race for the 2001 steeplechase Eclipse Award took a tragic turn on Jan. 19 when Pompeyo died due to complications from an injury suffered in September. In the voting, however, he became a fitting winner. "In my heart, he deserves it the most because he hasn't been beaten," said the horse's trainer, Sanna Neilson, who conditioned all three Eclipse Award finalists for Augustin Stable.
The rocketing career of steeplechase Eclipse Award finalist Pompeyo ended as suddenly as it began with his death Saturday, Jan. 19, due to complications from an injury suffered in September.
Pompeyo survived an awkward landing at the final hurdle to set a course record and beat All Gong by three lengths Friday in the $185,875 Royal Chase for the Sport of Kings at Keeneland. The Chilean-bred 7-year-old ran 2 1/2 miles over 13 national fences in 4:34 2-5. The previous record was 4:36, set by Lonesome Glory in the 1999 Royal Chase.
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