Graded Stakes Winner, Comeback Kid Chelokee Euthanized at Age 10

by | 05.05.2014 | 5:17pm
Chelokee, at Vinery 2009

Graded stakes winner Chelokee was euthanized at the University of Arizona on Friday at the age of ten, according to a Blood-Horse report.

The horse, who had produced 47 foals in four crops, was best known for his dramatic recovery following a catastrophic injury sustained on the Kentucky Oaks undercard in 2008. The son of Cherokee Run slipped in the Alysheba Stakes and dislocated the sesamoid bones in his right front leg, requiring extensive surgery to stabilize the soft tissues and bones in the leg. After his recovery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Chelokee stood his first season at Vinery before being donated to the University of Arizona program. He was campaigned by Centennial Farms, the owner of Kentucky Derby runner Wicked Strong.

Chelokee's most successful runners to date are Lady Kee and General Houston, both stakes placed.

The University of Arizona Equine Sciences Program released the following statement about Chelokee on its Facebook page:

“Friday, May 2, 2014 we said good bye to one of the most amazing horses I have ever had the privilege of caring for and knowing, Chelokee. Over the past few months we were noticing a tiredness about him that hadn't been there before. The fight was still there but his beautiful body was tired and giving out on him. This big hearted, intelligent, kind horse will be greatly missed. I love you Chelokee!”
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