One horse was euthanized after being injured in a spill on the Breeders’ Cup undercard Saturday at Keeneland, leading to a chain reaction and the dismounting of three jockeys who walked off on their own power.
Absolutely Aiden, a 4-year-old colt trained by Wesley Hawley, took a bad step at the top of the stretch in the second race, the Lafayette Stakes. Running second at the time on the main track, he fell and dismounted Chris Landeros. Veterinarians subsequently discovered a left-front fetlock separation.
“Given the extent of the injury, it was unfortunately determined that human euthanasia was in the best interest of the horse,” a Keeneland statement said.
Two horses just behind the spill, Dinar and Strike That, threw their jockeys, Tyler Gaffalione and David Cohen. The horses kept running and were collected by outriders to be taken back to their barns.
Jockeys’ Guild national manager Terry Meyocks told a pool reporter that all three riders are “OK, albeit expected to have various degrees of body soreness.” Landeros and Cohen had no more mounts scheduled Saturday. Gaffalione was expected to fulfill his five assignments in the Breeders’ Cup.