11/14/2013 11:42AM

Turallure, Grade 1-winning millionaire, euthanized after breakdown

Barbara D. Livingston
Turallure, shown training at Saratoga in July, won 6 of 26 starts, including the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in 2011.

Turallure, the stretch-running gray who was beaten maybe an inch by longshot Court Vision in a memorable renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2011 at Churchill Downs, was euthanized Thursday at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital shortly after breaking down in a routine gallop at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Trainer Charlie LoPresti said veterinarians contemplated trying to save Turallure after the 6-year-old horse suffered a compound fracture of a hind pastern, but, “It would’ve been no use. It was just too serious. He wouldn’t have had any quality of life whatsoever and would’ve been in constant pain. Those things are always very, very hard.”

Bred and owned by the Four D Stable of Donna Arnold, Turallure won 6 of 26 starts and earned $1,378,997. A Kentucky-bred by Wando, he developed a late kick early in his career that allowed him to become one of North America’s top middle-distance turf horses in 2011, when he won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile.

Although Turallure had gone winless in his final 11 starts, he still was competitive in stakes and high-end allowances. LoPresti, best known as the trainer of Wise Dan, said the horse appeared to be “as strong as he can be” during his fateful Thursday gallop.

“This is just awful for all of us,” he said. “Turallure was just like part of my family.”

Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
I loved this horse and many people forget he had a period where he was a claimer. Hindsight is 20-20 and to me Mr. LoPresti is obviously a fine horseman who keeps the interest of the animals in his barn close at heart. Read above he describes the horse as being a member of his family. I think it does not follow that because he was not as competitive this year that this was a sign he was about to breakdown. Anyway, I cared for his horse, made money with him sometimes and feel sad he is no longer with us.
jackdsplns More than 1 year ago
I also loved Turallure. He had a breathtaking closing kick in his prime. Similarly to Fort Larned he raced in obscurity in Kentucky then when he got good he got really good. And I believe LoPresti when he said the horse was like family .. My sympathies to the connections.
russell More than 1 year ago
He was training at Keenland in November why????? He shouldve been at the farm.
LauraB More than 1 year ago
I was so sorry to hear about him, really liked this horse. RIP TURALLURE. You will be missed.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Hit the money once in last nine tries. A horse has shelf life. At some point owners and trainers have to accept the facts and take the the horse out of training. Especially a six year old who can go the breeding shed. Don't know the facts but this horse probably should of been shut down couple races back. Horses can retire after five that's long enough to be in training. Geldings seven. Fillies four just my opinion
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Bless this horse. It looks like Lopresti is loved and respected. Had this horse come from one of the bigger stables, the trainer would have been scorched here.
WILL More than 1 year ago
I remember watching the breeders cup when GO FOR WOND broke down in the streach.RIP TURALLURE,they are animals not just things to bet on.HEARTBREAKING
Jim Pitura More than 1 year ago
Roll on that big turf track in the sky
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Very sad news. It seemed to me this classy grey had found his fountain of youth while at Saratoga this year. I will miss watching his closing kick and silver mane dance.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Wonder if connections think long and hard about Wise Dan now.
exactacracka More than 1 year ago
Wise Dan hasn't run up the track in 8 of his last 9 races
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Think what?..hes a racehorse hes supposed to race...do you have any idea how many horses die while stabled or hurt themselves out in a paddock...and this horse broke down during a routine gallop not in a race..these horses are bred to race and are happiest racing .
PAM More than 1 year ago
How do you know they are happiest running. Did the horse tell you that? Did the horse also tell you he's done racing, tired of being injected, tired of sore muscles, and tired of being an ATM machine? I have to laugh when people say the horse "told me". No its more the owner and trainer told the horse "You're still running till you break down"
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
My husband loves the greys! I loved his name! That was one hell of a race in the Breeders Cup Mile! I always feel so bad when a horse doesn't make it to a happy retirement! Turallure certainly deserved it! Maybe he didn't deserve to go through all of the trauma and pain either! It's a tough call and easy to criticize! So sad!