3-year-old See the Music “fell heavily” and died during the 7th race at Belmont yesterday, a victim of “an apparent heart attack.” Dead of a heart attack at three. That See the Music fell can only be known through the chart, for the NYRA video conveniently eliminates her from the picture right about the time she was dying. And, no surprise, the last words spoken of her by the announcer are “way back trailing.” That’s it. The replay, though, does provide an early portent when it goes to slow-motion around the 2:40 mark (“Race Replays,” Wednesday Race 7 – she’s #4). This young filly was wrong at the start.
Perhaps NYRA will investigate, perhaps it won’t. Either way, trainer Jason Servis and jockey Larry Mejias had a hand in this death. Also complicit: owner Mr. Amore Stable and breeder Truman Smith DVM (a veterinarian – imagine that).
On the harness circuit, KZ Too fractured a leg at Monticello Tuesday (8th race) and was killed. The complicit: driver Mike Merton and trainer Joseph Moeykens. Because NY is the lone state tracking them, it is easy to forget that Standardbreds sometimes die too. NY’s 2014 Death Toll stands at 34.