Aerator, you might remember, was killed at Turfway Jan 27, which happened to be his third birthday. Here are the details from the Kentucky Racing Commission: “open, comminuted lateral condylar fracture; biaxial sesamoid fractures; comminuted fracture of the first phalanx; severe soft tissue damage.” That’s at least four fractures. Also: “multifocal, locally extensive stomach ulceration.” Again, three years old.
Also, there were two steeplechases held Saturday, Iroquois (TN) and Willowdale (PA). Combined, no fewer than four horses went down: Piccadilly, The Hero Next Door (“a rotational fall”), Brooklyn Speights, and Market Bubble. In the just-released Stewards’ Reports, there were no updates given (though the Willowdale stewards did note that “the meet was very well run and organized”). Hard to believe that all four are still alive.