Updated on 07/04/2012 4:10PM

Grade 2 winner Millionreasonswhy dies in freak training accident

Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club
Millionreasonshy, winning her first start of 2012 in the Wide Country at Laurel Park in March, died instantly when she crashed through a rail training at Sagamore Farm.

Millionreasonswhy, a 3-year-old filly who won the Grade 2 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park last July and was never worse than third in six career starts, died Sunday morning in a training accident at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Md., where she was based with trainer Ignacio Correas IV.

A news release issued Sunday by Sagamore, which owned Millionreasonswhy after buying her for $115,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sales, said the filly died instantly of internal injuries after crashing through the rail on the six-furlong training track.

On Monday, Correas said that Millionreasonswhy was warming up for a workout when she got spooked by a deer who ran through the infield of the track. Millionsreasonswhy dumped her exercise rider and ran off, crashing through a rail.

Ironically, Correas had pushed the workout back a day because he felt it was too hot to breeze the filly on Saturday.

“What happened was very unfortunate,” Correas said. “It’s sad.”

“This is a very emotional day for our team,” said Sagamore general manager Tom Mullikin. “Millionreasonswhy was a tough and classy filly that had not yet reached her full potential. She was also a very sweet horse that was always a pleasure to be around.”

Millionreasonswhy won her career debut in June 2011 at Colonial Downs, then captured the Matron on July 3 in her next start. She then finished second in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga in her last start at 2. This year, she returned by winning the Wide Country at Laurel Park, then was third in the Grade 3 Comely at Aqueduct and second in the Miss Preakness at Pimlico.

Correas said that Millionreasonswhy was buried right next to Native Dancer, the Hall of Fame horse campaigned by Alfred G. Vanderbilt, the longtime proprietor of Sagamore Farm, in the 1950s.

Sagamore is the resurgent Maryland farm made famous by the late Alfred Vanderbilt and by legendary horses such as Native Dancer. The farm is now owned by Under Armour tycoon Kevin Plank.

- additional reporting by David Grening