12/09/2016 10:00AM

Stradivari euthanized at 3 after summer injury

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Barbara D. Livingston
Stradivari trains at Saratoga on July 22.

Stradivari, an allowance winner who ran in two legs of this year’s Triple Crown, was euthanized due to complications stemming from a lateral condylar fracture in his right foreleg while training in July.

The story was initially reported by The Paulick Report.

Stradivari, a 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro, was co-owned by the Coolmore partnership and breeder John Gunther. He was trained by Todd Pletcher.

After finishing fourth in his debut, Stradivari closed his juvenile campaign with an 11 1/4-length maiden victory at Gulfstream Park. The Coolmore principals of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Susan Magnier bought into the colt after that start.

Stradivari continued to build his reputation in his sophomore debut, disposing of a Keeneland allowance field by 14 1/2 lengths. With no Kentucky Derby qualifying points, the colt was pointed toward the Preakness Stakes for his stakes debut and finished fourth to Exaggerator. He then finished fifth in the Belmont Stakes in what would be his final race.

The colt was training toward a summer campaign at Saratoga when he sustained a career-ending injury July 22 while galloping out from a five-furlong workout and was vanned off.

He was sent to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s branch in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and underwent surgery July 26. Initial reports from the hospital’s staff were positive.

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