Trainer Doug O'Neill announced on Facebook Saturday afternoon that Bond Holder, who once was pointed toward the Kentucky Derby, had passed away due to complications of laminitis.
O'Neill said in the Facebook post that “the severity of the laminitis was ultimately too much to overcome.”
Owned by Reddam Racing LLC, Bond Holder won last year's Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park, defeating, among others, recent Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner Dance With Fate. He encountered numerous setbacks in the beginning of the year, and it was announced on March 19 that the colt was being treated for laminitis.
Bond Holder's FrontRunner victory was the only win of a seven-race career in which he earned $366,000. Bred by Lazy Lane Farms, LLC, he was sired by Mineshaft and out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Cielo Girl.
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