Grade 1 winner Morning Line was euthanized on Jan. 28 due to an escalating case of pleuropneumonia, BloodHorse reports. He was 12.
Pleuropneumonia, better known as “shipping fever,” is an infection of the lungs and the pleural cavity (the space between the lungs and chest wall), which can be brought about from the stress of travel. Fred Alexander of A & A Ranch, where Morning Line was set to stand in 2019, told BloodHorse that the horse arrived at his Anthony, N.M., farm on Jan. 12 showing symptoms including fever, stiffness, and a runny nose. Fluid was soon discovered in his lungs, and within an hour of arriving, the stallion was back on the trailer, bound for a nearby veterinary clinic. His condition ebbed and flowed in the following weeks, but antibiotics were not as effective in treating the infection as doctors had hoped.
Morning Line, a son of Tiznow, began his stallion career at Lane's End in Versailles, Ky., where he had previously resided since entering stud in 2014. His first foals are 4-year-olds of 2019, with leading runners including Grade 1-placed Seven Trumpets and stakes winners Surrender Now and Empire Line.
On his own accord, Morning Line won five of 15 starts for earnings of $1,251,300, highlighted by victories in the G1 Carter Handicap, the G2 Pennsylvania Derby and Mervyn LeRoy Handicap. He also finished second in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
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