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Updated on 07/04/2012 5:10PM
Grade 2 winner Millionreasonswhy dies in freak training accident
By Marty McGee
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
Quick, somebody get JJ a hobby
Just shows that this was just a dumb horse actually being spooked by a much smaller deer. lol
your all crazy!!!!
Sorry Joy ,buttZ... that ain't gonna fly. Nobody misunderstood you . On the contrary they understood you quite well. As you said ,you've been commenting here for a couple of months . Coincidentally thats about the time of the NYT BS expose of the evil game of horse racing. Since you have commented for a couple of months you know that the writer isn't going to answer any questions you may have. If it was a question for the writer than why didn't you say Mr. McGee ? Or write him a private e-mail ? I'll tell you why. Because it was an acusation against racing not a question for the writer. You got called on it and now you want to snivel for sympathy. Forget it . You ain't gettin' any. Your eye skipped over it because your eyebrows were raised in self-rightous indignation. I've fed and watered horses owned by HORSE LOVERS that never show their face to give their horse a grooming or a peppermint . I've drank a couple beers with the horses that were particularly ignored by their horse loving owners. Not racehorses ,buttz... saddle horses. The beers were on me. I'm fed up with BS horse lovers . You never heard of this horse before and you know it. . You don't know if she was sweet or a damn vampire. I've befriended horses that nobody would dare to go in the stall with. Your comments are only on blogs that have to do with injured or dead horses. You are trying to tear down MY game. I don't like it. You and the other phoney horse lovers on this thread bumped into some opposition and you don't like that. Too bad. If the death of a horse you never heard of causes you so much grief then this ain't your game. Racehorses break down . Get over it.
Alright, this forum went completely crazy because I asked the writer of the article what happened to cause the accident because that was a missing part of the article. When I hear that an accident happens on the expressway on a traffic report, the first question I ask myself is why did that happen? This is the same thing. I was not casting aspersions on the connections of the horse. Far from it. I have heard that Millionreasonswhy was spooked by a deer and that's what caused her to run into the gate. That should have been reported in the article, and that was all that I was asking about. That explanation was good enough for me. I was saddened for the horse, nothing else. All of you went off on some kind of weird tangent because I was concerned that Millionreasonswhy had something happen to her that caused her death. I am not with PETA, so I don't know where that accusation came from. Voodoo Daddy had just been injured a few days earlier, and my comment regarding Millionreasonswhy was related to the article concerning Voodoo Daddy because in the Voodoo Daddy article the reason why the horse was spooked was mentioned in the article. I commented on that the day it happened as well. The question of why did it happen to Millionreasonswhy was directed at the writer of the article because a vital piece of information had been left out, that's the only reason for the question. I am grateful that Millionreasonswhy did not suffer in a prolonged fashion. And I mourn for a wonderful horse who life was ended too soon in a tragic way. The way I was spoken to by many on this forum was totally disrespectful. I often have different views from many of you, but I offer my views to you without uttering a word of profanity to you, or telling you to go piss on a pole as someone disgustingly told me to do before, or without denigrating you in any way. I am respectful to all of you and I would appreciate it if you would extend me the same courtesy in return. And many of you assumed a lot of things that were simply not true about my comment and you ran with it. Your assumptions were all totally wrong. Totally.
What a tragedy. So sad. Thank God this happened during training and not in front of thousands in a race. Seeing that would make me feel like passing out or throwing up. I'm sure many other would feel the same. That image would haunt me for months.
Maybe thoroughbred racing should take a page from Harness Racings book and get rid of the inner rails altogether. That would eliminate a lot of accidents. There are other ways. It can be done. "Dogs" or hedges can be used.
This guy Plank seems to be making a revival of Sagamore as part of his honest efforts to bring Maryland back. A sad time for all...
i keep a list of speed ratings on horses to rate them by . i also keep a list of ratings of bloggers, which i call e.e.i.q. numbers. that stands for" estimated equine i. q." 1 of the highest horses on the list was "the factor ", some of the higher bloggers were dr. drinkin bum & joy jackson21 . well after this weekend all 3 afore mentioned, having declining numbers. have a good day. "an ole railbird"
There is a difference between being an animal lover and trying to stir something up. Horses were put on this planet to work and to run.....just because something like this happens doesn't mean humans wanted it to and don't care about the animal. PETA is all about PETA and raising money. Those liberal idiots don't self educate enough to start as much crap as they do. I hate it for the horse and the connections, but trying to always dig up the evil in a bad situation makes me wanna puke. Geez!
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