06/12/2014 6:39PM

Intense Holiday euthanized after suffering from laminitis

Tom Keyser
Intense Holiday was a Grade 2 winner, taking the Risen Star this past winter at the Fair Grounds.

Intense Holiday, a Grade 2 stakes winner who finished 12th in this year’s Kentucky Derby, was euthanized on Thursday, succumbing to a case of laminitis, according to a press release issued late Thursday afternoon by his connections, Starlight Racing.

Intense Holiday, who won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in February, suffered a condylar fracture to his right foreleg while working out with Commissioner at Belmont Park on May 25 in preparation for last Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

Intense Holiday, trained by Todd Pletcher, was transported to Hogan Equine Veterinary Clinic in New Jersey, where on May 26 he underwent surgery for the fracture, which was performed by Dr. Patty Hogan. The prognosis was good for Intense Holiday to recover and be a stallion. His retirement from racing had been announced a few days after the operation.

In the days following surgery to the fracture, Intense Holiday developed laminitis in both forelimbs which became irreversible, according to the press release. He was euthanized at Hogan Equine by Dr. Hogan.

“It’s a tough day for me, our partners, and our team,” stated Jack Wolf, Starlight Racing co-managing partner. “This horse was a fighter and he fought for his life in the same way he battled on the track—with tenacity.  It’s a terrible loss for all of us.”

Intense Holiday, a son of Harlan’s Holiday out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Intensify, was purchased by Starlight for $300,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling auction.

Intense Holiday won 2 of 9 starts and earned $551,900. In addition to winning the Risen Star, Intense Holiday finished second in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby and third in the Grade 2 Holy Bull.

David Voelker More than 1 year ago
Crude Vet medicine. Laminitis should not be a factor yet the horse was killed because of it. An electronic hoist regulated by software that prevents laminitis is needed. The pound pressure of each hoof can be regulated. No Laminitis. This is 2014 not 1950.
Racing Gal More than 1 year ago
In response to someone below, it's best for the horse to be put down. Why put the horse through all the pain and suffering. It's not for the insurance money, they sre considering all the suffering the horse will go through.
Kenny More than 1 year ago
Why does DRF have a comment section? There are so many uninformed trolls in the world that I just dont see the point.....Bye Bye
mike More than 1 year ago
Does that mean you're the brilliant one?
Dave Oster More than 1 year ago
mike More than 1 year ago
Very sorry to hear of the passing of IH.
prose More than 1 year ago
Wait a moment, Art Brown. Year after year Pletcher's three-year-olds get injured and are retired. This isn't a one time thing. The man is a menace. There is a reason why (a) he has never had a champion older horse and (b) for all of his purse earnings success he has never ever trained a horse of the year. His horses disappear, never to be heard from again. I find it really amazing that Palace Malice and Revolutionary are doing so well. Those two horses must have had unusually tough constitutions to survive Pletcher as a trainer.
mike More than 1 year ago
Also,for all the talent in his barn yearly he's only won one Derby.
Art Brown More than 1 year ago
The articles says the horse suffered a condylar fracture to his right foreleg while working out with Commissioner at Belmont . What part of this don't you people get. It was a workout and things happen all the time, yet some want to blame Pletcher. Stupid
SaratogaBob More than 1 year ago
My thoughts and condolences go out to the Starlight Racing family and friends.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
if i owned horses i wouldnt let pletcher near them
mike More than 1 year ago
Me either.
brumount More than 1 year ago
Why's that? Are you commenting with some knowledge of a scene that should be investigated or are you giving a reaction to your own opinion? I do not understand why you say this.
mike More than 1 year ago
An opinion from everything. Also,I'm sure Life At Ten is proud of him. lol
RandomNameMeToo More than 1 year ago
Some people are more interested in bashing Pletcher than in expressing actual concern about the horse.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Just look at Pletchers' worktab. His old man is just as bad, speed, speed, speed.
Michael Castellano More than 1 year ago
I guess it's unfair to blame Pletcher, rather it's what has happened to the breed. It has grown more and more fragile due to the inbreeding factors, and because there is a strong tendency these days to breed only for speed, and not for stamina and soundness. But what I do suspect, based on seeing what Pletcher gets to the races, is the basic unsoundness of the breed, which requires all sorts of medical interventions, and which only race a handful of times for a career. He gets the big money horses, which he performs "miracles" to even get them to the races. But their successes are short lived. Just enough to win a graded race or two. But with very flawed genes going in to the gene pool. Rarely do we see him with an older horse. Caixa Electronica, who suffered a fatal accident, was one of the few older horses he trained since he doesn't play much of the claiming game.