Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow is making headlines again, and it's not good news. Unrequited, a 5-year-old gelding Dutrow trained for the Jay Em Ess Stable, was euthanized on Tuesday after suffering a fractured pelvis in a claiming race at Monmouth Park on Sunday.
Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, confirmed the horse's death today after speaking with the state veterinarian.
Unrequited carried a $30,000 claiming tag in Sunday's contest, at six furlongs on the main track, just two days after Dutrow raced him at Belmont Park for a $35,000 tag. He finished fourth at Belmont, but was pulled up and vanned off at Monmouth on Sunday. Dutrow is one of a handful of trainers who will occasionally run a horse back in a matter of days following a race.
Last Friday, in a press conference Dutrow called to discuss a recent medication positive for clenbuterol on a horse Dutrow ran in Kentucky in early May, the trainer said he hasn't had a horse break down since 2001. “I want anybody here right now to tell me the last time you've seen one of my horses break down in the afternoon,” he was quoted as saying. “You're not going to be able to find it because I'm safe, I'm sound, I protect my horses.”
Unrequited, a winner of three of 16 starts and just over $100,000, had been off nearly a year before finishing eighth in a Belmont Park allowance May 1. His final race June 29 was his fourth start since coming back in 2008.
By Ray Paulick
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