06/11/2013 2:21PM

Woodbine barn under quarantine after filly's death


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Woodbine’s Barn 1 was under a voluntary quarantine Tuesday, pending the results of a necropsy on a filly who died in her stall Monday morning.

The body of the horse, an unraced 2-year-old filly trained by Tom O’Keefe, was sent to the nearby University of Guelph’s veterinary clinic.

“Yesterday morning, when I came in, she was just standing in the middle of her stall,” O’Keefe said. “It looked like she hadn’t moved all night, and she hadn’t touched any of her food or water.

“When I tried to move her, she nearly fell. I was going to get the thermometer when she collapsed, on her own, and fell on her side. We couldn’t get her back up again.”

Ontrack veterinarians were called.

“Three vets looked at her, and nobody was quite sure what the problem was,” O’Keefe said. “They decided she had to be put down.”

The barn in question also is home to the stables of Paul Attard and John Ross, among others.

Attard’s charges include Original Script, who finished third in last Sunday’s Woodbine Oaks, and the talented Awesome Overture, who ran his career record to 3 for 3 in an allowance race the same day.

Ross’s trainees include the promising 2-year-old Go Greeley, who won his only start and is scheduled to make his next appearance in the $150,000 Victoria Stakes here June 22.

Political Rebel, trained by Attard, was entered in Tuesday’s fourth race at Fort Erie but did not make the trip.