06/28/2014 7:04PM

Apropos euthanized after suffering head injury prior to Chicago Handicap

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The 5-year-old mare Apropos suffered a serious head injury and had to be euthanized when she flipped in the paddock Saturday before the Chicago Handicap at Arlington.

Apropos was in her saddling stall when she reared up, became entangled in the wall of the stall, and fell hard to the ground. The mare bled badly as Arlington personnel rushed to raise a screen and hide the scene from the crowd gathered before the Saturday stakes race here.

Apropos lay on the ground for more than a half-hour, struggling at one point to rise, and delaying the start of the following race. Her bleeding had subsided when she finally was transported out of the paddock and onto the backstretch in a horse ambulance. The mare was given time to attempt to stand on her own but apparently had suffered neurological damage when she fell.

Dr. Ramley Borderlon, an attending private-practice veterinarian, said Apropos probably suffered hemorrhaging somewhere in her body and that injury might have contributed to her untenable condition. She was humanely destroyed Saturday evening.

Apropos, a First Samurai mare, was trained by Al Stall. She was bred and owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider.

Jodi More than 1 year ago
I was there. Such a terrible thing to witness.
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
These beautiful creatures, who literally fly through the air, depend upon their care-givers and we need to always remember their sacrifices, large and small, sacrifices which make this sport of kings possible. Horse slaughter needs to be banned again in America. And throughout the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RIP Apropos. DRF, please retire "humanely destroyed" from your style guide. Just say "euthanized".
slewof damascus More than 1 year ago
thank you - agreed
Jeff Wright More than 1 year ago
Below comment is meant for Wayne.. This article is obviously sad / tragic event.
Jeff Wright More than 1 year ago
Great story and comment.
Wayne Gunter More than 1 year ago
This brought memories of Smarty Jones, In his first race,he reared and hit his head on starting gate He was Laying in a pool of blood when his trainer reached him.John Servis thought that Smarty Jones was dead. Somehow they got the bleeding stopped,and got him to a woman that took care of him and got him back to health. We all know the rest of story A great training job, Alittle luck a big heart andawill to win Smarty took us all on a great ride,
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Sad ,I lost a nice yearling in the sand ring while being broken.Condolences to all connected.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
This was a very sad story, condolences to the connections. I was hoping a best case scenario but after reading MH article last night it was unfortunately not the case.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
come on, mar, man up and admit you were wrong,,,
Carolyn Davies More than 1 year ago
IT does not take a Bad person on the handling These high Strung Animals Things can happen in a blink of eye not right putting blame on someone these horse get freaked out with a left blowing the wrong way I would hate to balm anyone without knowing the facts anyway its a sad thing we had one here not long ago the same thing happened your talking thousands of moving pounds to try and control even the most relaxed horse can go bonkers if something spooks them so im just saying to go putting blame on someone if you dont know the facts!Why i really dont lijke when i see little kids in the paddock area never know what will happen some kids have no manners and just run and if a horse goes by and gets kicked whos going to get blamed then?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw a similar incident a few years ago at Keeneland. A horse reared up, fell and hit his head on the ground. There were hundreds watching as the blood poured from the horses nose. The horse either died or was euthenized in the paddock. Because of all the people there and how incredibly crowded it was there was a delay in getting the equine ambulance to the paddock so the poor horse lay there dead for a while in front of everyone. There was a lot of blood and they scraped the blood up off the ground with a white shovel and dumped it into a bucket. The blood stained the shovel red. They finally determined that they couldn't get the ambulance into the paddock so they put the horse onto something a drug it away with a tractor. All off this is true. Worst thing I've ever seen at the track and I'm not sure it gets any worse. A lot of people were crying.