Like Mulheb before him, 4-year-old DJ’s Hope was reported (by Equibase) to have been vanned off a NY track – Finger Lakes, Saturday – only to later turn up dead on the Gaming Commission website. This time, however, we learn the horse was actually euthanized on-track (sesamoid). So, it appears the “van” was hauling a carcass. DJ’s Hope was ridden by Luis Perez and trained/owned by Adrianne D’Alessandro.
That same day, 3-year-old Freddie Freud was killed while practicing at Belmont. The Jena Antonucci-trained horse was inactive – reason unknown – from November ’13 to August of this year when he finished dead-last – almost 25 lengths back – in a race at Saratoga. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 88.