“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:
I can get hit once and bounce back, but twice I just can't do… Gut wrenched and heartbroken to hear of Kyriaki's passing…
— Britney Eurton (@BritneyEurton) March 20, 2016
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