08/05/2015 9:50AM

Grade 3 winner Happy My Way euthanized at 5

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Tom Keyser
Happy My Way wins the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap in May 2014.

Happy My Way, the champion Florida-bred sprinter and older male of 2014, has been euthanized after being injured in the West Virginia Legislature Chairman’s Cup at Mountaineer Park on Saturday.

Happy My Way finished fifth in the 4 1/2-furlong sprint. Trainer Joe Orseno said he came out of the race with a knee fracture. Happy My Way was sent to Hogan Equine in New Jersey to have surgery, but the injury could not be repaired.

“We were going to do whatever it took to save him,” Orseno said. “He was such a terrific horse. I’ve been crying for two days over this.”

Happy My Way, a 5-year-old gelding, originally raced for Mel Paikoff, but Sagamore Farm, owned by Under Armour chief executive Kevin Plank, bought a majority interest in the horse last year. In his first start for the partnership in May 2014, Happy My Way went wire to wire to win the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico on Preakness Day.

Last year, Happy My Way had three wins and three runner-up finishes in seven starts, earning $371,000. In addition to the Maryland Sprint, he won the Sir Shackleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

In all, Happy My Way won six of 23 starts and $559,000.

Mike Windsor More than 1 year ago
Very sad to hear. You know he was a cool horse when the trainer hasn't stopped crying for 2 days. Way too short of a life.
Judith Van Doren More than 1 year ago
So sad to read this. Happy My Way had short life, in comparison to others.
Rose Connolly More than 1 year ago
See how disposable a race horse is..this happens all the time..can we stop this insanity????
Laura More than 1 year ago
what part of “We were going to do whatever it took to save him,” says "disposable" to you? surgery was tried (and still charged for, I'm sure), the injury couldn't be repaired
Chas More than 1 year ago
What happen to Happy My Way does not happen all the time! Yes, there are injuries or breakdowns that lead to putting down the horse, but, to make it out as if it is at the level to make the statement of 'can we stop this insanity' is a bunch of bs... You know what happens every single day, countless times? Pet owners abusing and beating their dogs, cats and even horses...now, that is insanity!