Trigger Warning, who suffered a condylar fracture in his left front while winning Monday's Steel Valley Sprint, did not survive the injury, his owner told Horse Racing Nation.
Following the race, Jim Thompson said he drove the horse 5 1/2 hours, with trainer Michael Rone, from Mahoning Valley in eastern Ohio to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. They believed Trigger Warning would be okay but after viewing X-rays, Dr. Larry Bramlage told Thompson things didn't look promising.
“I told him I do not want this horse to suffer, but I want to save him if I can,” Thompson said. “He called and said, 'Jim, I don't even think he can be pasture-sound. It's that bad.'”
Thompson told Horse Racing Nation it appeared the fracture actually happened before the wire but Trigger Warning still managed to win a photo finish by a nose.
“He finished with that fracture, and that's probably why it tore it up so bad. He left it all on the track for us — special horse.”
Prior to Monday's race, Trigger Warning, a 3-year-old bred by WinStar Farm, had finished seventh in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Also this year, the Candy Ride colt was third in the Pennsylvania Derby, sixth in the Travers, second in the Indiana Derby and third in the Ohio Derby.
He won five of his 16 career starts, earning $555,378.
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