08/14/2014 3:21PM

Serious euthanized due to injuries from turf race


DEL MAR, Calif. – Serious, a former $5,000 claimer who suffered sesamoid injuries in a turf sprint July 31 at Del Mar, was euthanized Thursday because of complications from the injury, according to California equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur.

An effort was made to save Serious in the weeks following her injury, but the filly’s condition deteriorated in recent days. She is the fifth horse to be euthanized as a result of injuries sustained in turf races since the meeting began July 17.

“There were complications from the injury that made it impossible to go on,” Arthur said.

Trained by Vince Smith for Diana Lopez and Raul Sosa, Serious suffered fractured sesamoids in an optional claimer. There was immediate concern that Serious would have to be euthanized after the race, but she was taken back to Smith’s base at Los Alamitos in an effort to save the 4-year-old filly as a broodmare.

As recently as Aug. 7, Smith was optimistic that Serious could be saved.

Following the injury to Serious, Del Mar officials canceled turf racing Aug. 1-8. During that time, the turf course was aerated and underwent extensive watering for the second time in the last month. Turf racing resumed Aug. 9.

Serious, by Flower Alley, won 3 of 15 starts and $54,350.

Saw Mill Worker More than 1 year ago
Wait till the rail is moved to zero " if it is " and see how many horse come back lame.
Mary Adkins-Matthews More than 1 year ago
incredibly sad
ken n More than 1 year ago
Good horsemeat going going to Mexico,turf is the field of death.
Gary Peacock More than 1 year ago
Wonder if there is a Harper Valley PeTA?
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
I hate seeing this. I'm reminded of my full respect to all the riders. Not many sports need an ambulance following them for the athletes running and riding. RIP.
Cate Swan-Costanzo More than 1 year ago
This horse had no workouts since her last race a month ago. This horse should NOT have been in that raced and other horses and jockeys could have been killed. These owners should be have liable.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
What exactly is your point if the horse had no posted workouts? They've race the horse roughly every 30 days, and it was 28 days between the race and the horse was racing in an allowance optional claiming and it wasn't even available for a tag. Before you jump into conclusion at least provide statistical information that they were negligence. The problem with the internet is that people think they are entitled to provide to their opinion.
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
The horse was over-matched and lame. Was the turf course hard? Yes, but Marty point is spot on. This horse should not have been entered.
Bill More than 1 year ago
If Lief or Joe Harper were concerned about the welfare of the horse colony they would have rapidly requested the drug test results of the horses that collapsed or broke down. Then, question the attending vets as to what drugs were administered pre-race. Several of the 13 horses that died or broke down at Del Mar were labeled collapsed. I believe that deaths that were labeled breakdowns really collapsed. Drugs are a cause of a runner’s legs folding. It takes ten months for drug-test results from Del Mar’s current and future dead or mangled thoroughbred racers, and it could be found that the same drug was administered to all.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Joe Harper IS and always has been an overrated joke.
Saw Mill Worker More than 1 year ago
Looking at the wrong guy. Ask why Leif was let go '"fired" from first Golden Gate and then Santa Anita.
martymar . More than 1 year ago
That unfortunate, after reading the update last week. I was optimistic that Serious might pull through. RIP and condolences to the connections.
BigSkyEquine More than 1 year ago
It is time to ban raceday medications. It is neither sporting or ethical to inject horses with medication shortly before they race.