07/09/2004 11:00PM

Multiplication dies on track of apparent heart attack


Multiplication, who won the Mike Lee Stakes at Belmont Park on June 26, died of an apparent heart attack after breezing at Belmont on Saturday morning.

A New York-bred, Multiplication had completed a six-furlong bullet work in 1:11.56 on the main track and was walking back to the barn when he collapsed on the track. Dr. Celeste Kunz, the chief examining veterinarian at the New York Racing Association, said it appeared Multiplication suffered a massive heart attack.

Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by Jim McIngvale, Multiplication, a 3-year-old son of Subordination, was scheduled to run in Saturday's New York Derby at Finger Lakes. The New York Derby is the second leg of the Big Apple Triple, which is sponsored by four of the state's Off-Track Betting corporations.

In addition to the Mike Lee, the first leg of the Big Apple Triple, Multiplication won a maiden race at Hollywood Park in May.

His record was 2-1-0 in four starts, with earnings of $102,740.