04/08/2010 3:54PM

Aqueduct: Coal Baron collapses in eighth


 After running a gallant second to Fortyninegeorgest. in Thursday's eighth race, a $7,500 claiming event, Coal Baron collapsed galloping out into the first turn. After being attended to by track personnel, led by veterinarian Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Coal Baron was able to get up on all four legs. However, he was having trouble bearing weight on the left foreleg and was gingerly placed into the equine ambulance. He was transported back to the receiving barn for further evaluation. According to Bruce Johnstone, NYRA's manager of racing operations, the initial belief is that Coal Baron could have damaged his shoulder.

Jockey Eibar Coa, who rode Coal Baron, was uninjured and rode the last race.

Coal Baron, a 4-year-old gelded son of Mineshaft, was making his first start since last Oct. 23, when he finished eight of 10 in a $25,000 claiming race at Belmont. He had won 3 times in his prevous 12 starts. He is owned by Fast Furlong Stable and trained by Bruce Brown.