06/11/2013 12:33PM

Cartel Quick, winner of Ruidoso Futurity, euthanized


Cartel Quick, who won Sunday’s $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity for Quarter Horses at Ruidoso Downs, was euthanized Monday because of kidney failure, according to his owner, Sergio Enriquez.

Cartel Quick was vanned from the racetrack to the test barn after the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity. Enriquez said that Cartel Quick was later treated for dehydration at trainer Alonso Orozco’s barn, and showed improvement Sunday evening before taking a turn for the worse overnight.

Early Monday morning, Cartel Quick underwent further treatment, but did not show improvement, Enriquez said. The diagnosis of a kidney failure was made early Monday, he said.

“We thought we had it made the night before,” Enriquez said. “Overnight, he had other issues. The only other thing we could do was put him down so he didn’t suffer anymore.”

Cartel Quick was unbeaten in two starts and earned $317,100. After winning a division of the Ruidoso Futurity trials in his career debut on May 24, Cartel Quick won Sunday’s final by a nose over You N How Many More.

Enriquez, of Las Cruces, N.M., said that before Sunday Cartel Quick had shown no signs of illness since he began training earlier this year. He said the colt will undergo a necropsy at a state laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M.