04/19/2014 4:11PM

Bond Holder loses battle with laminitis

Shigeki Kikkawa
Bond Holder won the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes last September.

Bond Holder, the winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita last September, has been euthanized after a battle with laminitis, trainer Doug O’Neill said on Saturday.

Bond Holder had been undergoing treatment at a Florida equine clinic in the last five weeks for the hoof disease. His condition recently took a turn for the worse, O’Neill said.

“We’re all pretty heartbroken,” he said.

A 3-year-old, Bond Holder did not start this year, and had 1 win in 7 starts and earnings of $366,000. He was considered a leading 3-year-old prospect in California over the winter.

Owned by Paul and Zillah Reddam, Bond Holder was fourth in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita last November. Bond Holder was fourth in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in December in what turned out to be the final start of his career.

Bond Holder was scheduled to start in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 22, but missed the race after becoming unsettled on a flight from California to Louisiana. He was then sent to Tampa Bay Downs for the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 8 but did not start in that race after an abscess was detected in a foot.

A few days later, Bond Holder was moved to the Florida clinic.

Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
I knew there would be some idiot blaming Doug or Bob for this poor horses death. You are despicable, for the lack of a worse term. If dikheads like you knew anything about what these guys do to keep these horses healthy and happy, you might not be so forthcoming with your trash. The horseman's biggest fear is laminitis, because so many things can bring in on, and once it starts it's a crap shoot to stop it.
Daniel More than 1 year ago
Mark Olsen More than 1 year ago
Doug O'Neil is a greedy trainer......the poor horse wasn't right yet he put him on another flight to Tampa.
Dru Hunter More than 1 year ago
It is about time the care of these horses came to the forefront. I spent time on tracks as a young man and know that for a variety of reasons (including cheap owners and trainers) that most of the grooms and others who are supposed to take care of these horses are wet backs (no apology for they are illegals taking jobs from Americans) who are afraid of the horses. Apparently whatever happened on that flight played a factor in this horse dying. A fact I would blame on cowardly Mexican/wet back grooms. A horse in flight needs special attention only someone familiar with all types of horses and unafraid of them can give. Even at 60 years of age I am enough of a horse whisperer to do far better then these bozos do. I do not fear the horses, I love and respect them. Trainers and owners need to wise up.
John More than 1 year ago
Its too bad there isnt some more serious study and treatments for this condition. Seems like with all the advances in medicine, we should be able to design some sort of sling or artificial crutch to keep the weight balanced . we have lost so many good horse due to this problem. Poor old Bond Holder, he will be joining the ranks of Barbaro who also passed from laminitis. RIP little warrior !
Marilyn More than 1 year ago
and Secretariat
redboy More than 1 year ago
Gone forever ,but never forgotten . Rest in peace Bond Holder .
Laminitis More than 1 year ago
Gut-wrenching news to hear about any horse--think of all the horses without star power who never make the news, but lose their lives to laminitis. The Animal Health Foundation (http://ahf-laminitis.org) is a charity based in St Louis which sends 100% of donations directly to laminitis research, primarily at the world-leading Australian Equine Laminitis Research Unit. If you care about these horses, please help flight this disease with research.
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
My question is: When are the vet's in CALIFORNIA going to begin to think outside of the box and provide the RSO (Phytocannabinoid oil) that many people use to beat different cancer/s, Multiple Sclerosis, Cronh's Disease, etc....?????
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Elaine Parkinson More than 1 year ago
Rest in Peace Bond Holder. Maybe Dance With Fate (who ran second to him) can "flatter" him in the Derby and in Horse Heaven. I think about losing my cat and I get weepy. I know they did everything possible to keep the horse alive and miss him dearly. RIP Bond Holder !!!!
michael More than 1 year ago
What a terrible shame. Sorry to hear about this horse's demise. RIP another equine athlete gone too soon.