Officials at Ashford Stud in Kentucky have confirmed that the talented 3-year-old colt Stradivari, who suffered a career-ending injury while training at Saratoga this summer, was euthanized after taking a turn for the worse following surgery to repair a fracture in his right foreleg.
The son of Medaglia d'Oro out of Bending Strings, by American Chance, was bred in Kentucky by John D. Gunther and was trained by Todd Pletcher.
After a fourth-place finish in his career debut racing for Gunther at Aqueduct last November, Stradivari broke his maiden in sensational style, winning by 11 ¼ lengths going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Gulfstream Park in December in a race originally scheduled on turf.
That got the attention of Coolmore Stud partners Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, who bought an interest in the colt before his next start, a mid-April allowance race at Keeneland. He won that 1 1/8-mile dirt race by 14 ½ lengths, covering the distance in 1:48.64.
Stradivari made his stakes debut next out in the Grade 1 Preakness, finishing fourth behind Exaggerator on a sloppy Pimlico track, then ran fifth behind Creator in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.
Stradivari was training for the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga – a prep for the Travers – when he suffered a lateral condylar fracture in his right front leg while pulling up after a five-furlong workout July 22 at Saratoga.
The colt had surgery July 26 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and the initial signs were positive that he would recover sufficiently to stand at stud.
“Stradivari initially came through his surgery well but began to experience complications including an infection to his sesamoid,” said Pletcher. “Every effort was made to save him by the staff at Rood and Riddle but unfortunately he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.”
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