09/23/2011 4:33PM

Bearpath, injured at Saratoga, euthanized


Bearpath, who suffered a broken shoulder during the running of the John's Call Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 5, was euthanized on Friday, according to a press release issued by his connections.

"Over the past couple of weeks, Bearpath had started to go the wrong way, and while we remained hopeful he would turn the corner, he did not," trainer Ian Wilkes said in the release. "We regretfully had to put him down him today."

Wilkes said the horse was at a farm in Kentucky at the time he was euthanized. The horse had been stabled at Saratoga all summer and for a short time after that meet ended before he was well enough to travel.

In the John's Call, Bearpath appeared to clip heels with another horse during the early stages of the race, and he unseated his jockey Frederic Lenclud. Bearpath actually trotted through the stretch on basically three legs before being corralled by an outrider and vanned off.

Bearpath, a 5-year-old gelded son of Dynaformer, won 4 of 25 starts, including the Grade 3 Pan American at Gulfstream Park in 2010. That year, he also finished second in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga for the Lothenbach Stables.

Bearpath was purchased for $170,000 at the Keeneland September sale from the consignment of Darby Dan, agent for breeder Whisper Hill Farm.