10/21/2016 5:38PM

Baccelo among seven Belmont fatalities in week

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Baccelo wins the Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park in August.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Baccelo, winner of the Grade 3 Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park in August, had to be euthanized after suffering a fractured right foreleg during training Thursday morning at Belmont Park.

Baccelo was one of seven equine fatalities - two racing-related - to occur at Belmont in a one-week period.

The most recent came Friday, when Long Blooming Rose, a 6-year-old New Jersey-bred mare trained by Bruce Levine, was diagnosed with a left hind leg suspensory injury at the barn following a breeze over the Belmont main track, according to the New York Gaming Commission web site.

On Thursday, on the Belmont training track, Baccelo reared up, unseated his rider, and ran off. He ran into something and suffered a broken leg, according to David Jacobson, owner/trainer of Baccelo.

“I say this with the utmost confidence, he was the soundest horse on the racetrack,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson claimed Baccelo for $62,500 out of a winning race at Santa Anita on June 10. He brought the horse to New York, where he won an allowance race at Saratoga and then the Iselin. Baccelo finished third in the Seattle Slew Stakes here on Sept. 10 and ran fourth in the Temperence Hill, a 1 5/8-mile race here Oct. 2.

Baccelo was a multiple Group 1 winner in Brazil, where he was bred. He had a record of 6-7-4 from 28 starts and earned $336,882.

Winter Games, a 6-year-old gelding by A.P. Indy, was also euthanized Thursday due to a freak accident. He suffered a right hind leg fracture after apparently kicking his stall wall, according to trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

Winter Games, bred by Darley Stud, had a record of 8-2-5 from 24 starts and earned $300,011.

On Wednesday, A Chip and a Chair, a 3-year-old gelding by Freud, trained by Gary Contessa, suffered fractured sesamoids in his right foreleg while breezing over the Belmont training track and was euthanized.

On Monday, Contessa had an unraced New York-bred 2-year-old daughter of Paddy O’Prado suffer a fatal leg fracture while galloping over the training track.

During Wednesday's races, She’s My Ghibli, a daughter of Courageous Cat trained Gary Gullo, was vanned off after finishing sixth of 10 in a maiden race for New York-bred juvenile fillies. She was diagnosed with a slab fracture and was euthanized.

On Oct. 15, Cinder Block, trained by Michael Pino, was pulled up by rider Kendrick Carmouche one furlong into a six-furlong race for $25,000 claimers. Though vanned off, he was later euthanized due to a right foreleg fracture. A 5-year-old gelding by Stroll, Cinder Block had won 8 of 17 starts and earned $216,505.

At Belmont overall this fall, there have been three racing-related fatalities, six training-related fatalities and three fatalities unrelated to racing or training.


Joel Schiff More than 1 year ago
I note that NOTED juice trainers Jacobson, Rudy Rodriguez, Levine and Contessa had fatalities. These are among the leading winter trainers in New York with their crippled juiced up horses, who lose at 3-5 and win at 25-1, when the juice and there bets are in. Totally crooked game everywhere, even the Breeders' Cup with Baffert, Pletcher, Maker, Romans, McLaughlin leading the way. 
Cindi Whitten More than 1 year ago
I  understand  this Jacobson is a thoughtless trainer who thinks nothing of running a tired horse , a sore horse, a young horse ...he lines his pockets, and the horse suffers.  Why can't  you officials see this!!!!!
Joe Whitehead More than 1 year ago
Did you actually read the article? It stated the horse reared up, unseated the rider and ran off and ran into something breaking his leg. And that was the trainers fault how?? 

Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
some people just can't read.DRF is also at fault headline should have said 5 fatalities.the other 2 were accidents
Henrique More than 1 year ago
horse serial killer Jacobson made another victim. A real hero of a horse who had to put up with that training and racing that last race which was a greedy move without a break and completely out of the horse's distance. he broke him there, not in the training. during training the bone finally gave out.
Rob Beaudoin More than 1 year ago
Give it a rest will ya, the horse is a proven 2 turn horse who just won at 9f and was less than 5/2 in the race. It was a fine spot, with ample amount of rest. Not to mention he unseated the rider and ran off into something. Accidents happen,