Akkadian Dies of Apparent Heart Attack After Work

by | 07.05.2013 | 12:22pm

The Julio Canani-trained Akkadian, who most recently finished sixth in the G1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile in March, collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack after a work on Wednesday.

Canani told the Daily Racing Form that the 5-year-old gelding was stricken shortly after he finished his scheduled work at Betfair Hollywood Park.

“He crossed the wire, he started shaking, and he died,” Canani said. “The doctor said he had a heart attack.”

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • Evelyn Waugh

    The proximate result, no doubt, of being “Juiced Up” by the Master Chemist.

  • Ida Lee

    RIP Sweetheart…

  • old horse lover

    Poor baby. Will they do a post mortem exam?

    • ziggypop

      And if they do will they mysteriously come up with “inconclusive” results?

  • jttf

    akkadian just beat clubhouse ride and grade 1 winner willyconker in january. i hate seeing 3 straight 6 furlong workouts on horses. too hard on them. this new trend in california is dangerous for horses.

    • papaya

      Three 6 furlong works are not “too hard” on a horse that has a very solid work pattern for the previous two months. Especially a horse that is gearing up to go a route of ground.

      I personally think the horse had a picture perfect work pattern. So heart breaking for the horse that this had to happen.

      • notyourdaughter

        Tell that to Akkadian.

      • jttf

        last year’s 3 year old crop stars had the same kind of work pattern. i’ll have another, bodemeister, creative cause and paynter did similar patterns. there are many other examples. it pays, to pay attention to details.

  • Karen

    Why aren’t these horses racing instead of working week after week after week? Why spend so much mileage for no purse? No wonder owners are in short supply. They aren’t having any fun.

    • mlmartin

      this is so true. every day the work tabs have hundreds of workers yet there are four horse fields. i’ve wondered why for a long time. trainers love to train. thats why they are called TRAINERS.

      • Karen

        Haha! I think you’re right! Well, maybe they need to get better at their job so it doesn’t take 30 miles of works to make a race.

  • giftoffaith

    Rest In Peace

  • In Tears

    Workouts are part of training and conditioning just like people, The body must stay fit to race, but should not be overly trained. Jogging which is the hardest gait for a horse builds muscle, bones and stanima. Powering around the track for 6 furlongs if for wind or breathing but should not be excessive. Yes owners are impatient, don’t want to spend money on conditioning, so the horse suffers a breakdown, or can’t win in sixty days conditioning so off to slaughter. So lets go buy a cheap claimer that deserves retirement, but instead is pushed to run and then breakdown or goes to slaughter. Called owner mentality.
    I feel for Akkadain, could be a reptured aorta or anursym. Akkadian may no have died easy. I saw that happen more than once. Not nice some thrash around and groan. Terrible to watch.
    Rest in peace Akkadain

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