From the official race chart (Equibase) for the 1st yesterday afternoon at Aqueduct:
BLOOPER attended the pace just off the inside in hand, had the rider sense something was amiss near the seven-sixteenths and was put to a protective hold being eased back nearing the three-eighths, her tail standing straight upwards, collapsed inwards…falling heavily…the victim of an apparent cardiac event.
SUCCESSFUL SWEEP…dug in under a drive…tragically broke down just outside the eighth pole and was subsequently euthanized.
“something amiss”; “collapsed”; “victim of an apparent cardiac event” – dead.
“dug in under a drive” (count the whacks below); “tragically broke down” – dead.
Successful Sweep was a 4-year-old filly. Her penultimate race was a last-of-10, 24+ back at Aqueduct last month.
Blooper was also four. Wondering if the “weakened” that was used to describe her last finished run (a 6th of 8 at Aqueduct last month) could have also applied to her soon-to-fail pubescent heart. (Note: It’s not clear yet whether Blooper’s death was a “breakdown,” the Gaming Commission’s explanation, or Equibase’s “cardiac event.”
https://www.nyra.com/aqueduct/videos/race-replay/ – Blooper down at 1:15, Successful Sweep at 1:40; the slow-motion shot of the beating that preceded SS’s death-fall begins around 4:30