MAIDEN FILLY, Reprimand, who was among the 18 horses nominated at the third nomination stage last Wednesday for the 1.750-metre Gleneagle Stakes--the Fillies Guineas--which will be run off on July 7, had to be euthanised yesterday morning after she suffered a career-ending injury to her right hind leg.
The daughter of Western Envoy/ Fallen Angel, with Ricky Jadoo aboard and trained by Glenn Mendez, was galloping over 600 metres with stablemate Raise Your Glass when the incident happened.
The filly owned by Big Kidz Racing Stables finished fifth on May 30 to Naughty N Nice and had a career earning of $1,000 from her solitary start. The track had just been reconditioned when the pair entered the course. Blame could not be attributed to the surface.
The Express spoke with Jadoo yesterday after the incident and he recounted what occurred.
"I really do not know how it happened" Jadoo said, "We were galloping with Raise Your Glass coming down the home straight, and by the Grooms' Stand (close to the entrance to the track) I heard a noise. Everybody was telling me to jump, but I was against the rails and the other horse was on my outside. I eventually jumped off in front of the winning pole where she went down."
He added: "It is a sad loss. That horse has some ability, she was getting ready for the Gleneagle Stakes. Trainer (Mendez) thought so highly of her, that he pulled her out of the maiden race this week and was preparing her for the Gleneagle Stakes. After the incident, two of us could not function. Imagine, yesterday (Sunday) we were telling the owners this filly will turn out to be a classy filly and I felt she was a classy filly. It is hard now to call an owner to tell him his horse break a leg."
The Express tried contacting Mendez, but he did not answer his phone.
Back to the Gleneagle Stakes where Reprimand was expected to line-up, the leading nominee in the event is The Big Squeeze, who finished third to Onetokeep and the Big Thing in the 1,900-metre Carib Brewery Limited Midsummer Classic on May 30.
The Michael Carew jnr-trained chestnut filly is the 'ante-post' favourite for this event based on that fast-finishing third placing. She is expected to prep this Saturday in the race for 60-40 horses over 1,750 metres.
Here are the nominees for the 1,750-metre Gleneagle Stakes (Fillies' Guineas) which will be run off on July 7: A Great Moment, Blackfoot Beauty, Charming Lass, Consideritdone, Devika Rani, Herald Angel, Lady Angelica (Jam), Luna Divina, Martha (Jam), My Ari (Jam), Naughty N Nice, On Reflection, Peppermint (Jam), Pretty Woman (Jam), Princess Kate, Reprimand (Dead), Satya Treasure (Jam), The Big Squeeze