NBC Evansville reports that Sir Navigator collapsed and died after the 8th at Ellis Sunday. Kentucky’s chief vet Bruce Howard said, “He collapsed after unsaddling. They got him up and he took a few steps and collapsed and died. We put ice blankets on him, started to treat him and before we could get much going with him, he was gone. The top three things you would think of would be; heart attack, a bleeding incident internally or heat.” Sir Navigator was seven years old.
Ellis GM Jeff Hall then issued the following statement:
“If Sir Navigator had shown any signs of a problem, he would not have run yesterday. The horse ran a very good race and what happened after the race came completely out of the blue. It’s extremely unfortunate and our hearts go out to Sir Navigator’s team. No one cares more about these horses than the people who spend hours with them every day, attending to their every need. Horse deaths are extremely rare at Ellis Park… This was an isolated incident, but as we always do, we will look at and evaluate everything to see if there was something else that could have been done. On the surface, however, it appears as though no one could have seen it coming.”
“came completely out of the blue”
“it’s extremely unfortunate”
“no one cares more about these horses”
“horse deaths are extremely rare at Ellis Park”
“this was an isolated incident”
“no one could have seen it coming”
Lies. Vile lies.