Art Collector was euthanized yesterday at Saratoga for laminitis. This one is being widely covered. Why? He was a “superstar”: multiple stakes wins – including the $3M Pegasus at Gulfstream in January – over $4.2M in “earnings,” trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, etc. And, of course, because of that stature, the excrement is freely flowing:
Breeder/owner Bruce Lunsford (Horse Racing Nation): “He was a member of the family, and obviously, we’re heartbroken.”
Former trainer Tommy Drury: “Thanks for a great ride Art Collector, you will be missed!”
Mott: “[I]t’s always difficult to lose one like that.”
Lunsford (Thoroughbred Daily News): “The biggest win of my life was in the Pegasus down in Miami [Lunsford and company won $1.7M in that race alone], so this was a really big loss. And he was going to be a great sire.”
Yes, the real tragedy here: money lost.
Art Collector was last trained Aug 5 at Saratoga. A couple of days later, according to Mott, he developed a foot abscess, which eventually led to laminitis in all four feet. He became “real uncomfortable” in his Saratoga stall Tuesday, with Wednesday a “bad day and getting worse.” The decision, Mott says, was then made to “put him asleep.”
Art Collector (below) was but six years old.