09/22/2008 11:00PM

Second horse in training fatality


The second horse in four days sustained a catastrophic breakdown in a morning workout on the new Santa Anita main track when He's Invincible suffered a sesamoid injury Tuesday.

Trainer Mark Glatt, however, believes the incident is unrelated to the surface. Santa Anita has installed Pro-Ride, a synthetic surface that has received favorable reviews leading to the Oak Tree meet.

Saturday, the John Sadler-trained Tizsweetdreams was euthanized after a workout injury. Both trainers suggested the breakdowns were unfortunate coincidences.

He's Invincible, a 3-year-old claiming-caliber gelding, was working on the far turn when he suffered a sesamoid injury to the left and pulled up. He was taken from the track by ambulance and later euthanized.

"He just took a bad step," Glatt said. "So far, I have been very pleased with the track, and I've always thought that it is unfair to judge a track based on catastrophic injuries."

Sadler made similar comments after the fatal breakdown of Tizsweetdreams, who pulled up on the clubhouse turn on Saturday.

"I certainly don't blame the track," Sadler said. "This is just a sound horse that took a bad step."

ANOTHER horse was taken off the track by ambulance Tuesday morning, but trainer Barry Abrams said the horse merely bled.

"The horse is fine. I should have worked him with Lasix," Abrams said, declining to identify the horse.