LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Breeders' Cup turned tragic in the $2 million Distaff on Saturday when the filly Pine Island was euthanized after breaking down on the backstretch.
Round Pond won the Distaff, but the victory was marred by Pine Island's fatal injury. Fleet Indian, the 8-5 favorite, also was injured later in the race but her injury appeared treatable.
Pine Island was euthanized after dislocating her left front ankle, which broke the skin and introduced infection into her bloodstream, according to Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, an on-call veterinarian Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Fleet Indian sustained ligament injuries in her left front fetlock joint, which is repairable, said McIlwraith.
Street Sense pulled a big upset, and now has a big burden to carry into next year's Kentucky Derby.
After a record-setting 10-length win in the $2 million race, Street Sense now becomes the early Derby favorite saddled with trying to break a 23-year-old jinx: No Juvenile winner has gone on to win the run for the roses.
FILLY & MARE TURF
Just call Ouija Board the queen of the turf.
The 5-year-old European sensation unleashed an explosive rally in the stretch and won the $2.2 million race by 2 lengths over Film Maker in her final race in America.
Thor's Echo took the lead at the top of the stretch and pulled an upset in the $2.1 million race, defeating another long shot, Friendly Island, by four lengths.
Miesque's Approval was headed for retirement late last year. Marty Wolfson talked owner Charlotte Weber out of it, and the 7-year-old horse won the biggest race of his career to beat Aragorn by 23 lengths.
Red Rocks rallied for an upset to give jockey Frankie Dettori his second victory of the day.