10/20/2013 11:56AM

Multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan euthanized

Barbara D. Livingston
Multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan, who was retired from racing last week, has been euthanized following surgery.

Multiple Grade 1 winner Dullahan was euthanized early Sunday following colic surgery, after suffering a ruptured colon.

The 4-year-old Even the Score colt, a half brother to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, had been retired from racing last week due to a tendon injury. He was rehabbing from the njury at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., while stud plans were being determined.

A $250,000 purchase at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale by owner Jerry Crawford's Donegal Racing, Dullahan broke his maiden in his fifth start, the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland Race Course. The following spring, the colt returned to the scene of that win to earn his place in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, taking the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes. He then finished a late-closing third in that year’s Kentucky Derby to I’ll Have Another and Bodemeister.

The colt picked up arguably his biggest victory in the summer of his sophomore season, beating older rivals in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar. He established a track record, covering 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.54 over Del Mar’s all-weather Polytrack surface.

Dullahan was sent to Dubai in early 2013 to compete in the Dubai World Cup, and then returned to the races in North America during the summer, finishing third in his comeback effort, the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap at Arlington Park. He finished eighth in the Pacific Classic in his final start.

“Dullahan is the most spectacular-looking horse Donegal has ever campaigned and that takes in some territory,” Crawford said last week upon the colt's retirement. “Not many horses win three Grade 1s for their owners but that is what Dullahan did."

Dullahan concluded his career with three wins in 18 career starts – with all three of those wins coming in Grade 1 races – for earnings of $1,735,901. He was trained by Dale Romans.

Bred in Kentucky by Phil Needham, Judy Needham, and Bena Halecky, Dullahan is out of the unraced Smart Strike mare Mining My Own, whose three winners from four foals to race include the aforementioned Mine That Bird, a Canadian champion. He is also a half-brother to stakes winner Brother Bird.

sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
Sorry I ever doubted you Dullahan. I sometimes hate the fact that I gamble on these beautiful creatures. Rest in peace Dullahan.
bill n More than 1 year ago
I had to look at the headline twice. RIP Dully.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Awe man. Such a blow to Donegal and Romans barn. Truelly loved this colt. Beautiful chestnut with class and heart. Never was right after Dubai.
Ashley Gwin More than 1 year ago
Great horse. Should have won the Derby....RIP
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Very sad
Joan Spence More than 1 year ago
RIP beautiful boy.
Edward More than 1 year ago
Horses aren't supposed to get colic as often as racehorses do. It is not "natural". They are over medicated, fed food not fit for their natural diet, supplemented with gobs of additional junk and they do not get enough time to move around and exercise like they are supposed to.
Edward More than 1 year ago
I mean, come on, they are animals that are constantly on the move in nature and yet they are confined to pens the size of prison cells. The get hot walked in a small circle and let out for a short romp around the track. Lame care.
Vince More than 1 year ago
and your solution
Melann Johnston More than 1 year ago
They are treated better than most humans!! They are trapped in a pen the size of a prison cell?? They are walked as often as they want. Yes a horse will tell you when they want out. kicking at their stall and rattling the chain in front of their door. You act like they are being abused and they very well taken care of!!!
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Mark Anetsberger More than 1 year ago
Ditto my man. Colic one would think would be the oddity not the norm. Totally agree with you. Hey bro greed begets greed and in the world of horse racing most owners are millionaire.... so what do you expect?
Hail No More than 1 year ago
RIP, big guy, may you run, graze and be loved for all eternity..
Rania Daugherty More than 1 year ago
So sad, I will miss seeing him out in the paddock for his winter break this year, RIP Mr. Dullahan.
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
Thank God the overnight stable worker saw that he was sweating and in distress. At least he didn't suffer any longer then he had to. Kudos to the stable hand! God Bless Dullahan! Always loved his name!