The excitement of Fall Stars weekend at Keeneland was muted Oct. 6 by the loss of two horses and a potential career-ending injury to a third.
Dream of Angels was euthanized in the saddling paddock before the Phoenix Handicap (gr. III). The colt by Trippi, out of Burn Brightly, apparently flipped and fractured his skull when his head hit the ground.
“It doesn’t take a lot of force when you’re a heavy animal to be injured severely,” said Dr. Alan Ruggles, the American Association of Equine Practitioners on-call veterinarian. “Around Keeneland, there’s grass and there’s rubber bricks to protect the horses. But just like you and I, you just hit yourself in a certain way and just the force at a certain angle can cause dramatic damage. Unfortunately, that was the case here.”
Dream of Angels had won five of his nine lifetime starts and had never finished out of the money. The 3-year-old colt was owned by Pamela Halter and trained by Laura Posada.
The second loss was Gold Train, who was injured during the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I). Gold Train was pulled up early down the backstretch after injuring his right front ankle. The Robert Lucas homebred son of Gold Case, out of Sablena, had to be vanned off the track and was later euthanized. Gold Train was making his second career start for trainer Dale Romans. The 2-year-old colt broke his maiden by 4 1/4 lengths at Ellis Park on Sept. 3.
Teuflesberg , another starter in the Phoenix Handicap, reportedly took a bad step before he’d run a quarter-mile and had to be pulled up. The grade II-winning son of Johannesburg, out of St. Michele (by Devil’s Bag), was vanned off the track.
“The horse has a closed fracture, likely of the sesamoids,” said Ruggles. "He is being transferred to Rood and Riddle (Equine Hospital) for complete evaluation."