Before seeing the autopsy report, Murphy said she is not willing to use the word "irregular" to characterize Dixie Brass' death."But there are questions, certainly, that need answers and they will all get answers," she said. "We owe it to Dixie Brass."Murphy said the autopsy was done at New Bolton because Dixie Brass was treated at Cornell University at the start of the 2001 breeding season. She said she wanted a different equine hospital to perform the autopsy."It was reported that he had a respiratory infection, but there was never any diagnosis," she said. "He was having trouble breathing and over a course of time he became better.
"There was no diagnosis from that occurrence and I just thought it prudent to go to a facility other than Cornell. To have a fresh pair of eyes on him and what was done to him last year."Dixie Brass was purchased and trained for Watral by Dennis Brida. The colt won the 1992 Met Mile (gr. I) as a 3-year-old and the grade II Withers. He was second in the grade II Jim Dandy and the grade I Jerome. He retired with six victories from 15 starts and earning of $631,563.In 1993, Dixie Brass began his stud career in Kentucky at Vinery. He was moved to New York in 1998.