01/16/2003 1:00AM

Bosque Redondo is euthanized


ARCADIA, Calif. - Bosque Redondo, who broke down after the finish of last summer's Pacific Classic at Del Mar, was euthanized last weekend because of deteriorating health, trainer Paco Gonzalez said Thursday.

The Pacific Classic was won by Bosque Redondo's stablemate, Came Home. Both horses were owned by Trudy McCaffery and John Toffan.

According to Dr. Vince Baker, whose clinic was Bosque Redondo's home since emergency surgery in August, Bosque Redondo's health took a sudden and irreversible turn last week. He said Bosque Redondo had problems with his balance, and was suffering from founder in both front feet.

"He was having problems with his coordination on Thursday, and on Saturday he would not get up," Baker said. "On Sunday, he got up, but he was still having problems with his coordination." Bosque Redondo on Sunday was shipped to a critical care clinic in Chino Valley, Calif. "But his progress continued to go the wrong way," Baker said.

Bosque Redondo, a 6-year-old son of Mane Minister, won six of 17 starts and $478,470.