04/10/2012 11:04AM

Calder: Mambo Meister injured, euthanized


The Grade 3 winner Mambo Meister had to be euthanized shortly after suffering severe injuries during a routine workout Monday morning at Calder.

Mambo Meister, a 7-year-old gelded son of King Cugat, won 11 of 42 starts during his career. Nine of those victories came in stakes races, most over his home course at Calder, including both the Primal and Mecke stakes in 2011.

Two of Mambo Meister’s most important wins came within a six-week span during the spring of 2010 – the Grade 3 Miami Mile and Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap. He also captured Calder’s Grade 3 Spend a Buck the previous year. Among his best races was his fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita in 2009, when he was beaten only two lengths after an unlucky trip.

He was owned by Quantum Racing Team and trained by Phil Gleaves.

“I was watching from the grandstand while he was just having an easy maintenance breeze this morning when I heard a loud pop about 10 jumps before the wire,” said Gleaves on Monday. “My rider pulled him up immediately, he was vanned right off and taken back to the barn, where we discovered he had fractured his right hind cannon bone and also shattered both his sesamoid and pastern. At that point I had no choice but to make the call to put him down.”

Gleaves said the incident may have been the lowest point of his training career.

“I’ve had horses break down before and it’s always a tough thing to go through, but never one that meant as much to me as Mambo Meister,” said Gleaves. “We had such a connection to him at the barn. He was such a wonderful horse to be around, a multiple graded stakes winner who had been a staple in this barn for so many years. He took us all a lot of places and made a lot of people very happy.”

Maggie More than 1 year ago
I'm so sorry to hear the news.. I 'd loved watching Mumbo run and always picked him on top.. The pain the poor horse must have been.. It is really tough on us when any horse breaks down. All you can know is you did the right thing.. Goodbye to another great horse.. Maggie
Louie Dula More than 1 year ago
All of us who knew Mambo loved him dearly and all the fans that always cheered for him loved him for his heart because he always gave his all. He could eat a bag of mints and still be begging for more and he always made us happy to be around him. I will forever love and miss you Mambo. RIP "our star". Louie Dula
Gt Farm Broodmares Farm More than 1 year ago
I too, was very fortunate to have known him up close and personal. He will be missed dearly. Our sincere condolences to the "whole team" and a special big hug to Ray and JR and Ernie. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. His legacy will live on!!
Liz Lamont More than 1 year ago
RIP big guy. . .we will all miss you. . .
Faith Fehr More than 1 year ago
I was one of the fortunate people who had the honor to experience the special spirit of Mambo Meister. His owner Ray was proud of Mambo and shared him with many people and for that I will be forever grateful. Mambo had a way of engaging you and making you fall in love with him. His heart was huge! I sure hope Calder will name a race after Mambo Meister for he was an ambassador for racing and ran his heart out, never failing to give you his all! I will miss you Mambo and never forget our quiet times together in Saratoga at the Clarks Stake Barn. You helped heal my soul with your special way and I will miss you and remember you all the rest of the days of my life.