In NY, Viking Zim is reported dead from laminitis at Belmont Sunday. He was just three years old and had been put to the whip 10 times, most recently at Aqueduct in December. The complicit: owner M.C. Stables, trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
In California, Hygh I. Q. perished at Golden Gate Wednesday – “non-musculoskeletal,” they’re calling it. He, too, was three; he was coming off a training session December 26. The complicit: owners James and Mona Hour, trainer Jack Steiner.