After Jan 1-2 Cards Called Off, Turf Paradise Runs One Race, Cancels Following Fatal Breakdown

by | 01.03.2017 | 6:14pm
Turf Paradise racetrack in Phoenix, Ariz.

Turf Paradise cancelled after the first race on Tuesday following a spill in the stretch that involved the fatal breakdown of the 3-year-old filly Running for Annie.

Racing had resumed at the Phoenix, Ariz., track after the Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 cards were called off. Equibase listed “track conditions” as the reason for the cancellations. The National Weather Service recorded .20 inches of rain on Jan. 1 in Phoenix.

Running for Annie, an Arizona-bred daughter of Margie's Wildcat, was making her third career start in a $12,500 maiden claiming race to open the day's card and was the 5-2 second choice.

Ridden by Jake Barton, Running for Annie rallied wide into the stretch but had just one horse beaten when she appeared to fracture a foreleg, sending her jockey to the ground heavily. Barton did not suffer any serious injury, according to his agent, Mark Anderson. Running for Annie was euthanized.

A trailing horse, Darn Pretty Girl, swerved to avoid the fallen rider, hit the rail, and lost her rider, Erick Lopez. His agent, Jose Silva, said Lopez suffered a superficial cut on his shoulder. Darn Pretty Girl appeared to escape injury.

Riders met with Turf Paradise officials following the race to express concern over the track condition. A decision was made to cancel the remainder of the card.

Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday.

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