Loss Of Stakes Runners Kyriaki, Demonica Mourned By Eurton Family

by | 03.21.2016 | 4:53pm
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

“Tough, tough game,” trainer Peter Eurton told the Daily Racing Form.

Eurton's stable suffered the loss of two acclaimed stakes runners on Saturday. Kyriaki died after finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Azeri at Oaklawn Park. The 6-year-old graded stakes-placed daughter of Scat Daddy made it back to her stall and was attended by a veterinarian, who made the initial diagnosis that she was suffering from the thumps (caused by electrolyte imbalance).

“Ten minutes later, she was dead,” Eurton said. “There was nothing that could have saved her.”

The leading theory on Kyriaki's death is that the mare severed a femoral artery during the race, perhaps caused by a fractured pelvis, and later bled out internally.

Earlier in the day at Santa Anita, the Eurton-trained Demonica collapsed after finishing fifth in the Irish O'Brien Stakes. The 5-year-old California-bred mare is believed to have suffered a cardiac episode.

Eurton's daughter, Britney, a popular TVG analyst, was also devastated by the losses:

  • Ida Lee

    I’m so sorry for your loss … I cannot imagine the heartache of losing 2 of your equine athletes like this … RIP Kyriaki and Demonica

  • Jack Frazier

    There are no words

  • Karjo

    Heart-felt condolences to the connections of both Kyriaki and Demonica….run free across the Elysium fields with the heavenly herd.

  • Patricia Diers

    This is the worst part of racing for the connections..heartbreaking, something extremely hard to get past….My heart goes out to the Eurtons’ and to all connected with these lovely creatures.

  • whirlaway

    Very sad week-end and difficult to take for all connections condolences to all.
    The very terrible part of having our beloved animals no matter if stakes horses or
    pleasure horses or beloved dogs or any creature dear to us. Their loss no matter
    what circumstances is unbearably painfull to our emotions.

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  • Riskaverse

    Sincere condolences to all connections for this devastating loss. My heart goes out to everyone who cared for these horses.

  • we’re watching

    Devastating loss of both horses. I am sure it is a hard time. At the same time, one must ask how this happened and we must know the reasons. Can this be simply a coincidence or are there some deeper reasons. Would it not help other horses who may suffer the same fate?

  • JerseyGirl

    How awful for the connections and sad for all of us fans to lose these nice mares so horribly and sudden. Kyriaki was one of my favorites; she’s with her sire now💔. Rest in peace Demonica and Kyriaki, across the rainbow bridge.

  • delrene

    Very sad to suffer any loss, let alone two in one day. My sincere sympathies to all who loved and cared for these horses. Rest in peace.

  • Judy Fraizer

    Just sickening. So sorry for everyone involved. Really just makes your heart hurt.

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