Grade 1-Winning, First-Year New York Stallion Effinex Dies From Ruptured Artery

by | 10.19.2017 | 5:58pm
Jockey Mike Smith aboard Effinex following the 2016 Suburban

Multiple graded stakes winner Effinex died suddenly Wednesday evening in his stall from natural causes, Joe McMahon announced on Thursday. An autopsy was performed by veterinarians from Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., near where the 6-year-old son of Mineshaft entered stud earlier this year. The autopsy revealed the cause of death to be an acute rupture of the pulmonary artery, according to a press release.

“This is a huge personal loss to his owner-breeder Dr. Russell Cohen,” McMahon said. “He truly loved his horse.”

Effinex, bred in New York from the E Dubai mare What a Pear, won nine of 28 career starts at 3, 4 and 5 for trainer James Jerkens.. Winner of the Empire Classic Handicap restricted to New York-breds as a 3-year-old, Effinex won the G2 Suburban and G1 Clark Handicap at 4 and was also second to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the G1 Breeders' Cup Classic. He repeated in the Suburban in 2016 at 5, also winning the G2 Oaklawn Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

“The passing of Effinex is also a terrible loss to the New York Thoroughbred breeding community, as well as to all of us at McMahon of Saratoga,” added McMahon.

  • Ida Lee

    I’m so hurt right now….Effinex had so many fans who loved him and were so happy he retired safe and sound…..I know this can happen to anyone at anytime, whether human or equine….but darn it, he was only 6 ….RIP Sweetheart ….. my condolences to all who loved him ….

    • Judy Gaddis

      I wasn’t on line yesterday so I am JUST NOW hearing about this Ida Lee………I can’t believe it! Then they euthanize Irap today or last night? I don’t know — I guess there have been worse years for the death of our beloved horses but right now I sure can’t remember when!

      They didn’t say that it was “after covering a mare” like they often do; I guess it was just a weak wall in that main artery. Same thing killed my Dad at only 66………………….

      • Ida Lee

        Irap’s connections were told this morning that he had developed laminitis and they decided, quite rightly, to let him go. Go to the Doug O’Neill Facebook Page….you can see the Press Release and a beautiful thank you to the fans for their condolences and support…..we are all heartbroken ….and of course, Effinex….as the song goes “heartaches by the number…”

        • Judy Gaddis

          I will probably catch a bunch of smack for this but I don’t understand how Irap developed laminitis so quickly and to the degree to make a euthanasia decision. Yes, laminitis CAN happen overnight but to such a degree (i.e. as in both front or both back feet or even all four) that no treatment was even considered, let alone tried?????

          I only speak from individual experience with my horse and the disease; she ended up with the two coffin bones in her front feet COMPLETELY rotated and yet lived until she was 27 and (not that there weren’t some set backs and DEFINITELY much time and money spent on and with vets and farriers) trotted around and galloped when she was with other horses without over dosing her on Bute, Banamine or some other pain killer.

          I know all cases are different BUT………………………..

          • Ida Lee

            Judy, there was something that was not quite right with the last press release on his condition before the final one yesterday …. the first thing I said was …I don’t like this report….it sounded OK but I’ve followed the treatment of too many injured horses through the years and I’ve kind of learned to read between the lines ….I was not surprised at yesterday’s news regarding our little boy Irap…it hurt like hell but I was not surprised …I think it was the right decision….if you so far as bringing in Dr. Richardson and flying you vet from across the country to assist, you are doing everything you can ….

          • Judy Gaddis

            Yes, I suppose you are right, Ida. I hadn’t read anything since the report of his initial injury (was offline for a bit) so I wasn’t as “up” on the entire situation as you (and I am sure many others) were. Thanks for the clarification – your logic makes perfect sense.

  • john

    oh no….I waned to breed to him….hope his first crop foals are nice and run like their daddy!!!
    such a loss of a good honest horse…condolences to all the connections

    • lastromntribune

      he has no first crop I believe

      • MaiyaDay

        He covered mares this year – according to the BH article, 103 mares were reported in foal to him.

  • MR.DR.

    A poster on another site posted that she was looking forward to the foal names of effinex’s

    so, sometime we use humor to deal with tragic events…….laugh not to cry……….in that spirit, here are some names


    effin too soon
    pop goes the effin weasel
    canT blame effin baffert
    x heart gene
    N E 1 know CPR


    • MR.DR.

      I AM a comedy writer…………..

  • Monrovia Damon

    Sending prayers for him and his connections. This sport, as fun and mesmerizing as it is, can be absolutely brutal and relentless. You try not to get too connected with the animals but it’s damn near impossible and they become part of your family.

  • Bryan Langlois

    So sad…such a cool horse…and one that likely would have been a really good stallion too. Condolences to everyone and especially Dr. Cohen who I know loved that horse.

  • Genellen

    How sad and unexpected. Condolences to all who knew and loved him. He always tried hard and deserved a chance at stud. I dunno…how many tragedies can befall these beautiful creatures? He gets through an outstanding career safe and sound and then, gone just like that. To say it’s just not fair is an understatement.

  • lastromntribune

    Wow…what a stinger….condolences to the connections …this guy was a fan favorite in NY. And the name was great .

  • Ida Lee

    Now we’ve lost Irap too…..don’t know what to feel anymore ….

  • Manefan

    Disheartening. I want to see a horse that works so hard, have their long reward time when finished. RIP Effinex.

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