01/08/2014 1:43PM

Laughing, Eclipse Award finalist, dies from colic complications

Michael Amoruso
Laughing earned Grade 1 wins in the Flower Bowl Invitational and the Diana in 2013.

Laughing, a two-time Grade 1-winning mare in 2013, died early Tuesday due to complications from colic, according to her connections.

Laughing’s death came one day before she was announced as a finalist for the Eclipse Award as North America’s champion female turf horse. In 2013, Laughing won 4 of 5 starts, including the Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga and the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational at Belmont Park.

Her other victories in 2013 came in the Grade 3 Eatontown at Monmouth Park and the Grade 2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga. Her lone loss of the year came when she finished seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Laughing was owned by Richard Santulli and trained by Alan Goldberg. Santulli said he had planned to campaign Laughing, an Irish-bred daughter of Dansili, this year as a 6-year-old.

“This is the tough part about this business,” Santulli said Wednesday. “But she gave us so many great memories last year, more than at any time since Safely Kept.”

Said Goldberg: “I don’t think the highs ever make up for the lows.”

According to Goldberg, Laughing – who was based at Santulli’s training center in Colts Neck, N.J. – appeared to first get ill Monday night. After being treated by veterinarian Allan Wise, Laughing was vanned to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center. On Tuesday morning, during surgery, it was discovered that Laughing had a twisted gut, according to Goldberg, and it could not be repaired.

Laughing began her career in Ireland with trainer Charlie O’Brien and raced for Mrs. John Magnier and Mrs. Jacqueline O’Brien. Santulli purchased her in fall 2011 and raced her for the first time in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine, where she finished seventh.

In 2012, Laughing won 2 of 6 starts, highlighted by a score in the Grade 3 Matchmaker at Monmouth. For her career, Laughing had a record of 8 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds from 16 starts and earned $1,178,855.

noocheroni More than 1 year ago
all the processed grains and sweet feeds leed to high acidity in the colon.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
I really liked Laughing. Very sad news indeed.
Marjo More than 1 year ago
I loved that horse---so sad that Laughing is gone
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
I hope that trainer Todd Pletcher decides to give Teen Pauline a rest on the farm. She's had a hard campaign for most of 2013 and she just won a $100K stakes in NY...
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
This is so sad. Laughing was truly special. A real champion...
PHILD333 More than 1 year ago
My condolences to everyone involved with Laughing. Another great athlete who's life was cut way to short before her time was done. Just terrible news.
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
a horse died? must be bafferts fault. according to all the haters, everything else is!!
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Dam, I knew it.
Jacob Gabbani More than 1 year ago
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Terrible news. What a game mare she was, and with a ton of speed. My condolences to her connections; it's such a loss. I wish veterinary scientists could do more research into colic and minimizing the consequences of it - it seems like it shouldn't result in death in horses so often.
Wendy Parrish More than 1 year ago
Rest in peace sweet girl....very sad. so mant have passed away recently...