07/04/2013 3:58PM

Hollywood Park: Akkadian dies after work


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Akkadian, a 5-year-old gelding who was ninth in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar last summer, died of a suspected heart attack after a workout here on Wednesday, trainer Julio Canani said on Thursday.

Canani said that Akkadian had just finished a workout when he was stricken.

“He crossed the wire, he started shaking, and he died,” Canani said. “The doctor said he had a heart attack.”

Owned by Gary Broad, Akkadian won 4 of 17 starts and $217,772. He was sixth in the Grade 1 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March, his most recent race.

Jamie Coughlin More than 1 year ago
It sounds more like an aortic rupture or similar type incident (the origin of which I won't speculate at!) It is not uncommon in horses, esp. high performance horses, unless your trainer's name starts with a B, then it's common!
jttf More than 1 year ago
three 6 furlong works is not a good idea. it is proving to shorten many horses careers. i hate seeing horses being pushed too hard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been very pleasant weather in Inglewood, so I'm thinking it his wasn't weather related. Canani, Baffert & company need to stop what they have been doing to these horses!
dsgsgfsgfgd More than 1 year ago
Was it the possibly from the heat?