11/08/2016 2:50PM

Stakes winner Toowindytohaulrox euthanized


ARCADIA, Calif. – Toowindytohaulrox, the winner of two turf stakes in the last year in Southern California, was euthanized on Monday as a result of an injury suffered during a workout at Santa Anita, trainer Phil D’Amato said.

“He took a bad step breezing in the middle of the turn,” D’Amato said. “It was a little misstep and two strides later my rider pulled him up.

“It was too late. He had a catastrophic injury.”

A 5-year-old horse, Toowindytohaulrox won 5 of 23 starts and earned $381,003. Owned by Queen Bee Racing, Toowindytohaulrox won the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita last December and the restricted Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar in July.

Toowindytohaulrox was fourth in a division of the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 30. He was pre-entered for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, but was not selected for the field.

◗ Jockey Rafael Bejarano, who has won or tied for the lead at the four meetings at Santa Anita and Del Mar this year, will serve a three-day suspension beginning Sunday for causing interference in a race at Santa Anita on Oct. 30. Bejarano’s suspension continues on Nov. 17-18. He was cited for altering course without clearance on Kona Dreams in a maiden special weight race for 2-year-olds at a mile on turf. Kona Dreams finished second.