Yesterday, 7-year-old Jeremiah Englehart-trained Itsagoodtendollars “died from an apparent cardiovascular collapse while breezing on the Belmont training track.” This is Englehart’s 14th NY death since 2009.
Also on Saturday, 2-year-old (actual age, not industry age) Onlyforyou (below) died at a Gulfstream training center. Said trainer Todd Pletcher in a press release: “She had a complex condylar fracture that was displaced and irreparable. …a little bit more than an eighth of a mile into the gallop she took a bad step. Obviously, it’s a sad moment for everybody. The barn takes it hard when stuff like that happens, especially when it’s a filly like that who was perfect her whole career.”
NY excepted, training deaths are almost never reported. But they are happening, and with regularity. (Of the 99 racing or training deaths in NY last year, 43% were of the training variety.) Invariably, only those involving the most prized of Thoroughbreds hit the media, like the undefeated, multiple graded stakes-winning Onlyforyou. In short, the carnage dutifully published here is far from complete.