07/13/2014 1:56PM

Filly collapses after workout, dies at Del Mar


DEL MAR, Calif. – Corlett Drive, a 4-year-old filly eligible for a first-level allowance condition, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack following a five-furlong workout on Sunday morning at Del Mar.

 Corlett Drive had just completed her drill in 1:02.80 when she was pulled up on the clubhouse turn, her exercise rider sensing something seriously amiss. Her exercise rider had safely dismounted before she collapsed.

 “It looks like a classic heart attack, but she will have an autopsy,” said John Sadler, who trains Corlett Drive.

 The California Horse Racing Board has a policy whereby all horses who perish at the track, in either races or workouts, have a full necropsy report done.

 Corlett Drive, a daughter of Pleasant Tap owned and bred by Keith Abrahams, had won once in 11 starts, that victory coming against maidens at Santa Anita in April 2013. She recently returned from an eight-month layoff and finished seventh of nine in a downhill turf sprint at Santa Anita on June 15.

 The workout on Sunday was her third since her comeback race.


NorthStar326326 More than 1 year ago
IMO, most of the horses dying at Del Mar are trained by trainers known to push the envelope on pushing the horse as well as using secret ingredients in their not so natural supplements. They play a numbers game. One horse breaks down...they're big owners just get another.
John Gape More than 1 year ago
Actually they will have to perform a necropsy on corlett drive. very sad what happened to her
michael More than 1 year ago
Autopsy needed and complete med records must be scrutinized.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Calm down people. only 1 joke here and it was on Baffert, I laughed..
jon g More than 1 year ago
I only read one silly joke. The issue is the scum that is many of these Cali trainers. Baffert,Sadler,Mitchell,Mullins. they are awful for the sport.
Edward Grant More than 1 year ago
An apology Baffert, Sadler, Mitchell, and Mullins, You are NOT awful for the sport.
Dee R. Eff More than 1 year ago
No comment on good or bad for the sport, but Sadler and Baffert are two trainers very near to the top of the list on the number of total drug violations. The only one I know with more than Sadler is Assmussen, and Baffert is not far behind Sadler.
jon g More than 1 year ago
okay eddie
mike More than 1 year ago
They are awful. Maybe you like dopers.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
So many heart attacks with really young horses (yes, 4 is young: just because most of them don't race past 5, or 6 doesn't mean they don't live 25 years). One has to wonder why?
Greg Jones More than 1 year ago
One word, drugs.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Steve Szabo More than 1 year ago
Very BAD DAY,,when this type of thing happens....Makes ya just want to say a prayer and go back to the house....And the JOKES are VERY IMMATURE to say the least,,,,
jon g More than 1 year ago
It's an animal and they die all the time. I save my prayers for people.
mike More than 1 year ago
Good for you. Many of my prayers go to animals,some people aren't worth prayers.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
THANK YOU.......
mike More than 1 year ago
TheRaiderFan Isn't the slogan for your team been changed to "JUST LOSE BABY" lol
kelly More than 1 year ago
lions fan
Union_Rags More than 1 year ago
EVERY LIFE !!!! is important.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
You think any horses break down at the smaller tracks that you don't read about.....clowns post hear
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Very sad. No jokes. Only advertizes fools
jon g More than 1 year ago