Sopran Basilea Killed at Saratoga

In the 9th at Saratoga yesterday, Sopran Basilea, says the chartwriter, “just missed the show then suffered an injury on the gallop-out and was euthanized on the course.” If this sentence strikes you as incongruous, it well should. For in what other sport would it matter how the athlete fared competitively – if she died in the process?

Prior to her pain, suffering, and death yesterday, Sopran also had to endure the stress of long-distance travel: born in Ireland, raced in Milan and Rome, then shipped to the U.S. – Maryland, Delaware, and finally, NY. That poor girl.

The Saratoga ’23 Death Watch
Kaon, May 26 – “yet-to-be-raced horse euthanized”
Ami’s Curlin, Jun 10 – “laminitis in all four feet, euthanized”
Frigid Lady, Jul 15 – “broke RF leg, euthanized”
Winter Son, Jul 20 – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Blame It On Mary, Jul 23 – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Sopran Basilea, Aug 3 – “injured on gallop-out, euthanized on course”

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4 Comments

  1. She came in 4th. Was there a payout for the connections? Same race number 6 horse was lagging so far behind towards the end it looked like an issue there too. Everyday…sad sad sad

  2. The Jockey Club is allegedly going to track where retired racehorses end up, or something like that.
    I can’t help but think it will be a farce but if they seriously wanted to know which livestock auction some of the Jockey Club registered Thoroughbreds with lip tattoos are sold at, one such auction is in Bowie, Texas. Right now, they have more than one (understatement) Thoroughbred listed on their website, O’Dwyer Horses.
    A few of these Thoroughbreds are in fairly good shape and some are in very rough shape. There is one very large TB mare with a lip tattoo that has the tag number that I believe is supposed to be 0763, but on the website the middle numbers are transposed so she is listed as tag number 0673. She was listed today, August 4th. The 06XX series came and went prior to today and many of the horses with the 06XX tags that were listed are either sold to new owners or shipped to slaughter. Anyway, she is 18 years old and huge. She is thin but not emaciated as are two Thoroughbred geldings listed today. There are also some STB mares and geldings. Both the Thoroughbreds and the Standardbreds appear to be very docile and just need to be honestly loved.

    • They have videos of horses listed that can be viewed on the website and some can be viewed on YouTube.

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