Tyler’s Tribe has, over the course of his young “career,” been very successful. In fact, he “won” his first five races. In the sixth, which happened to be a $1M BC race last Nov 4, TT, at the time just two, was “vanned off” after suffering epistaxis – he bled from his nostrils and, originally, from his lungs. At the time, his owner/trainer, Tim Martin, admitted the bleeding was a 5 on a 1-5 scale. “It was bad,” he said.
In TT’s very next race, Dec 9 at Oaklawn, this, according to Martin, happened: “He was looking pretty good, and [when] he stopped, I was like, ‘Uh oh, something happened.’ When she pulled him up, he had blood in his nose.” Yep, bled again. And still only two.
Apparently sensing that this wasn’t a good look, Martin held TT back over the winter. He returned on Mar 30, again at Oaklawn, and while there was no report of him bleeding, he finished second-to-last, 16 lengths back. Then, Saturday. In a $150K race, the now 3-year-old was a “DNF – returned bleeding.” What more can I add?