San Diego winner Sun Boat Euthanized
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Bongo Racing Stable’s Sun Boat, a former claiming horse and 6-1 winner of the July 21 San Diego Handicap (gr. II), was euthanized Sept. 18 due to a severe case of laminitis, said Bongo partner Bob Feld. According to trainer Mike Mitchell, the 5-year-old gelding had been turned out at Bonnie Acres farm in Hemet, CA, following his last-place finish in the Aug. 19 Pacific Classic (gr. I).

“He had an ankle that was a little rough and we gave him a few days after the Pacific Classic and then Bobby (Mitchell) took him (to Bonnie Acres),” said Mitchell. “He was doing good and then his feet started to get really sore. He had an abscess that busted out on one foot, and it was just one thing after the other.”

Bob Mitchell at Bonnie Acres could not be reached for comment on the situation.

Sun Boat made his first start on the dirt, then raced on the turf, and would follow that alternating pattern for his first eight races. Mitchell claimed the gelding at Santa Anita from Eoin Harty for $50,000 April 12 for Bongo Racing Stable, the partnership of Bob Feld, Daniel Capen, and Bob Tjusvold. One month later, the Great Britain-bred won a $40,000 claiming race at odds of 13-1 in a 1 1/16-mile event over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park. In his next start, the 1 1/16-mile Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood June 2, he finished a nose behind Buzzards Bay at odds of 25-1.

Sun Boat’s greatest career accomplishment, however, was his one-length win in the San Diego, in which he upset 3-2 favorite Buzzards Bay. 

A $920,147 purchase by Darley from the Tattersalls, Houghton 2003 Yearling Sale, Sun Boat was by Machiavellian out of the Nashwan mare One So Wonderful. He had a 4-3-1 career record from 13 starts and posted lifetime earnings of $334,345. 

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