Kentucky Derby contender Mourinho was euthanized Monday morning after suffering a severe sesamoid fracture in his front leg, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form.
Baffert said the Super Saver colt was going easily in a breeze at Santa Anita and took a bad step.
“Up and down, every day. It's a shame,” he told DRF from the OBS March Sale of 2-year-olds in training in Ocala, Fla.
Mourinho, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred and bred by WinStar Farm, won two of his five starts, including the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park. He most recently finished fourth in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes and had collected 11 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings.
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