06/14/2015 8:25PM

Danzig Moon euthanized after fracturing leg in Plate Trial

Michael Burns
Danzig Moon fractured a hind leg during Sunday's Plate Trial at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario—Danzig Moon, the fifth-place finisher in this year’s Kentucky Derby, sustained  a fatal injury while favored in Sunday’s Plate Trial Stakes at Woodbine.

Racing over a wet Polytrack, Danzig Moon tracked the leading Midnight Trace until midway on the backstretch, where jockey Julien Leparoux pulled him up with a fractured right hind leg.

“It was a compound fracture,” said Ontario Racing Commission veterinarian Greg Taylor. “The horse was humanely euthanized.”

Danzig Moon gained lots of publicity for his troubled run behind American Pharoah in the Kentucky Derby. He subsequently finished a distant sixth over a sloppy track in the Preakness at Pimlico. He was expected to contest the July 5 Queen’s Plate if he had run big in the Trial.

Danzig Moon, an Ontario-bred colt by Malibu Moon, was owned by John Oxley and trained by Mark Casse.

Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Like the saying goes."The only thing guarenteed in life is death and taxes" Well the only guarenteed free articles are about human/equine deaths and the taxing of gambling winnings.
George De Luca More than 1 year ago
My condolences to Mark Casse and John Oxley. It's always sad to hear news like this.
kingsailor2 More than 1 year ago
Condolences to the connections; a tragedy. ***on another note, if DRF editors are reading these comments, is there anyway you would consider dropping the DRF + ?? I would much rather read this website's articles than the other.
chefpepe100 More than 1 year ago
DFR +, paying money for articles is a joke.
David Musselman More than 1 year ago
I saw the race and I believe Danzig Moon fractured his leg, fell back quickly and another horse hit him from behind. The article does not mention that. As soon as I saw it I knew DM was in peril.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Casse and his team need to do a better job. Last Saturday the Casse trained Canny Nanny broke down in the Mint Julep at Churchill. That makes two breakdowns in eight days for Casse.
Annette Parker More than 1 year ago
revello also broke down yesterday at woodbine and was vanned off . Casse trained also , I believe.
Nick Pavletic More than 1 year ago
This tragedy perfectly illustrates the daily ups and downs of the game. Mr. Oxley wins the G! Stephen Foster on Saturday night and gets himself a stallion prospect and the next day he loses his top 3 year old to the rigors of racing. I particularly was impressed by this horse's training prior to the Ky Derby. He showed class and determination withstanding the physical attack going into the first turn of the Derby and doing his owner proud with his finish. I'm going to miss this beautiful, well bred creature and I appreciate the effort the Casse's put into bringing out the best in Danzig Moon.
Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
Horses CAN and DO break down on all surfaces. What the cause was for Danzig Moon's break down will not be known. Maybe his bones were too brittle to take the pounding that a race horse endures when running 35 miles an hour. Mark Casse is a first rate horseman who I'm sure treats all his horses in the best way possible. Things like this happen. Feel particularly bad because I had followed "Moon's development since his his races in Florida. I thought he was just beginning to develop into a really good horse. Condolences to his connections, and glad both Julian and Emma Jayne were not hurt.
Mike Lee More than 1 year ago
Heartbreaking news...RIP Danzig Moon!
Hartley Goldenthal More than 1 year ago
Woodbine has very few fatalities. Horses take a bad step in racing just like humans onm ly you don't destroy humans when they break a leg. It's an unfortunate part of the sport.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Why do horsemen ignore the risk of injury of running in the derby and preakness ?The vets keep on feeding the lasix. These are the best three year olds and people could care less about horse's lives.