07/31/2014 6:01PM

Lavender Road euthanized as result of neck injury


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Lavender Road, the filly who suffered injuries after hitting her head against a rail at Saratoga on Wednesday, had to be euthanized Thursday afternoon due to a fracture in her neck, according to the New York Racing Association.

Lavender Road, owned by Kallenberg Farms and trained by Abigail Adsit, was diagnosed with the fracture by Dr. Travis Tull, the attending physician at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near the track where the filly was brought Wednesday.

“At the time of admission, she was examined by Dr. Tull and was treated throughout the afternoon and evening with fluids and medication to reduce swelling related to an acute, traumatic injury,” Dr. Scott Palmer, the New York State Equine Medical Director said in a press release issued by NYRA late Thursday afternoon. “Extensive diagnostic tests were performed and ultimately revealed a fracture of the seventh cervical vertebrae [in her neck]. Her owners and trainer were advised of the diagnosis, for which, tragically, there is no successful medical or surgical treatment. She was humanely euthanized.”

Lavender Road was entered to run in Wednesday’s seventh race at Saratoga. Jockey Junior Alvarado didn’t like how the 3-year-old filly was warming up and after discussing his concerns with Dr. Anthony Verderosa, NYRA’s chief examining veterinarian, the filly was scratched.

After the other horses completed the race, Lavender Road was being walked off the track when she fell, presumably from heatstroke, near the gap where horses enter the track from the paddock. Lavender Girl attempted to get up 10 times, but on the first occasion she hit her head against the padded rail sustaining head trauma.

Ultimately, Lavender Road was sedated, placed on a mat and slid into an equine ambulance and taken to Rood and Riddle.

Lavender Road a daughter of First Defence out of the stakes-winning mare Beebe Lake, won 1 of 6 starts and earned $32,190.


Helen Rose More than 1 year ago
I watched several horses yesterday who were obviously bothered by the heat - and several who were forced to run - there needs to be a limit as to how high the temperature can go - I watched a horse trip and fall and we all held our breath until it got up - these animals deserve better....
Steve Ulen More than 1 year ago
So sad. Rest in Peace, Lavender Road. Oh, DRF, it's Lavendar Road not Lavender Girl... editing...come on.
Lisa More than 1 year ago
So very sorry. RIP
Sal Pellegrito More than 1 year ago
Heart breaking
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Sincere condolences to all connections and RIP, Lavender Road, sweet beautiful girl..
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
I'm very sorry to the connections. My condolenses
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Tragic accident. Sympathy to all involved.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
condolences to the connections, quite an unfortunate situation.
James Annis More than 1 year ago
I was there. She was in the Gap during the race, she may have been all the way in the paddock, I am not sure. The first time she fell was in the gap, between the VIP? tent, and the downstairs outside dining area. They managed to get her up and onto the main track near the gap, where she fell repeatedly. I cannot stress enough how impressed I was by so many people there, who tried to help her. May she RIP.
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? Why did it take one hour to decide to sedate her?
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Maybe due to the fact that sedatives slow respiratory rates as well as heart rates. She wasn't panicky or nervous from what I gather... so they sedated her to get her into ambulance for ride to hospital. HORSE SENSE 101....before you accuse or second guess...get educated.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
In layman's terms. The sedative coulda killed her in her state. It was a last resort to get her to energency clinic as she needed to bfn e dragged into ambulance. Get it?
Chandra Elgin More than 1 year ago
Very very sad.....