Aqua Bel Sar, three, is dead after “collapsing” while training at Belmont Sunday. Although the Gaming Commission provided no other details, it does assure (wink) that the “investigation continues.” Aqua Bel Sar was raced five times in 2018, finishing last thrice and averaging almost 20 lengths back overall. In one of those races – at Belmont Park on Belmont Stakes Day, as a matter of fact – he was “put to a protective hold.” And now, he is dead – at three years old – from an apparent “cardiac event.”
Also, I have confirmed that two horses who were “pulled up in distress” at Belterra Saturday are in fact dead. The first, Windy Cape in the 1st race, was euthanized; the second, Martha Rose in the 7th race, apparently collapsed and died on the track. In his three most recent starts, Windy Cape finished last once and second-to-last twice and saw his “value” plummet from $30,000 on July 27 to $7,500 the day he died. The “collapsed” Martha Rose was a 7-year-old mare under the whip for the 44th time.
This is horseracing.