05/16/2012 3:58PM

Premier Pegasus euthanized after injury

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Premier Pegasus was euthanized Wednesday after suffering a severe leg injury.

Premier Pegasus, a three-time stakes winner and Triple Crown contender in 2011, was euthanized Wednesday after suffering a severe leg injury at Santa Anita, owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho confirmed.

Premier Pegasus won 4 of 5 starts and $293,400. Unraced since March 2011, Premier Pegasus was training for a comeback when the injury occurred. Cho said that Premier Pegasus was training aggressively Wednesday when he was hurt.

“It’s sad,” he said. “He was galloping, and the rider said that he couldn’t hold him.”

A colt by Fusaichi Pegasus, Premier Pegasus won three stakes, most notably the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes in March 2011. The win left him as the morning-line favorite for the Santa Anita Derby until a hairline fracture of a cannon bone detected two days before the race led to his withdrawal.

Premier Pegasus later underwent surgery to stabilize the injured leg.

Goldhybrid More than 1 year ago
I was sort of expecting this to happen. They tried to bring him back before. I think they should have retired him after the first setback. And yet, you wanted to see him thrill again. He was amazing, electrifying.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
His San Felipe win was simply sensational. He had a combination of tactical speed, turn of foot, and a classic pedigree. His biggest flaw was his conformation, namely a paddle. Given he had a decent pedigree, I was a little surprised they kept going on with him after every stop-go-stop, but as just a grade 2 winner maybe there simply wasn't a market for him and/or they believed he could still do some special things on the track. A sad turn of events for his connections and those who had the pleasure of seeing this horse run.
Renata Belev More than 1 year ago
To ALL of you that watch and participate in horse racing, make sure to include Yourself to the death of this horse and Millions more!!
Goldhybrid More than 1 year ago
You, however, are immaculate.
Ronda Ballew More than 1 year ago
this is heartbreaking. I've been waiting for his return as well. I really loved this horse.
Anthony Andrews More than 1 year ago
This is so sad. Whenever we lose a horse (any horse) they take a piece of your heart with them. Yes he had potential, but aside from that, he was loved and will now be missed by those closest to him. I am sure that he is running in elysium fields with all the other horses we have lost. God' speed to his connections during this time of loss. He will most certainly be missed.
Leroys Caddy More than 1 year ago
Had he not been injured he would have won the Kentucky Derby
Lynn Nely More than 1 year ago
so sad. we depend on these animals for so many things, joy, fulfillment, pleasure, and we cant even fix them when they get hurt. RIP my you run with Barbaro, Eight Belles, and so many others that we have lost.
Daddy More than 1 year ago
Very sad i loved this colt so much!
Al Bowman More than 1 year ago
This is horrible news! I have been waiting for his comeback, and for this to happen in training is a major tragedy. Reminds me of Buddy's Saint.