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.

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