Winchell Thoroughbreds’ multi-millionaire Midnight Bourbon died suddenly at Churchill Downs April 17 from “acute gastrointestinal” distress, said Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.
The 4-calendar year-aged racehorse’s passing transpired Sunday morning subsequent a 5-furlong exercise session at Churchill in 1:01 1/5 that took position about three hrs before, his coach indicated. “He obtained a minimal uncomfortable and then he deteriorated very swiftly,” said Asmussen.
David Fiske, racing manager for Winchell Thoroughbreds, called the colt’s dying a “intestine punch,” noting that he had been at Churchill Downs Sunday early morning to observe Midnight Bourbon and other horses before touring back again to his residence in Central Kentucky.
“He was the final horse I observed prior to I left the barn Sunday morning. By the time I was dwelling, he was lifeless,” he mentioned of the suddenness of the episode.
Asmussen is hopeful the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory will be capable to give responses in analyzing the colt’s induce of loss of life. “Not that it changes something. It just feels essential to know,” he stated.
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Everyday Racing Kind initial claimed the demise of Midnight Bourbon, a son of Tiznow who grew to become a enthusiast favorite on the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby. He was sixth in very last year’s Kentucky Derby Introduced by Woodford Reserve (G1) and 2nd in the Preakness Stakes (G1).
“He deserved (fans’) adoration,” Asmussen reported. “I certainly feel the very same. I have an understanding of why folks beloved him.”
Winner of the Lecomte Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots past yr, Midnight Bourbon turned in some of his most memorable races in defeat, ending next in the 2021 Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1) and third in the Saudi Cup (G1) this winter in the Center East. His past start was a fifth-location finish in the Dubai Globe Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) at Meydan Racecourse March 26.
Next the Dubai Earth Cup, he recorded two operates at Churchill Downs, the very first of which was a half-mile breeze in :49 4/5 April 10.
He earned $3,557,970 in compiling a 2-6-5 history in 16 starts off after being obtained for $525,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the Warrendale Gross sales consignment. The grand-searching colt was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings out of the Malibu Moon mare Capture the Moon .
“He was in all probability the richest horse still eligible for a nonwinners-of-two other-than, maybe at any time,” Fiske stated, referring to next-amount allowance eligibility. “He experienced a significant personality, whether or not it was nearly falling down in the Haskell (G1) or finding unfastened in the muck pits ahead of the Derby past calendar year.”
Fiske recalled how Asmussen walked Midnight Bourbon “for 23 laps” in the Churchill Downs paddock on a rainy day past spring to have the colt perfectly schooled for the Derby.
“It truly is just awful for the complete barn. He meant so significantly to so quite a few people today,” Asmussen claimed.