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ARCADIA, Calif. — A horse set to run in this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup died Tuesday at Santa Anita.Practical Move , the Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner who had been entered in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), died of an apparent heart attack following his morning gallop Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.The 3-year old is trained by Tim Yakteen, and owned by Leslie and PierrJean Amestoy Jr. with Roger Beasley.

Breeders' Cup statement

"Breeders' Cup is saddened to report the loss of Practical Move after what is suspected to be a cardiac event while returning from his gallop this morning at Santa Anita Park. His rider was uninjured, and the horse was immediately tended to by veterinarians from the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), 1/ST Racing, and Breeders' Cup,and a short time later, Belmont Stakes winner Arcangelo dropped out of the $6 million Classic.

Trainer Jena Antonucci said she ran out of time trying to resolve an issue with Arcangelo’s left hind foot.
The colt had not trained the last two days after having the shoe on that foot removed last weekend.

“He’s not fully resolving and we’re running out of time,” she told TVG. “As we’ve talked about from Day 1,
this will always be horse first, no matter absolutely what.”

Arcangelo had drawn the No. 1 post and was listed at 7-2 odds on the morning line for the Classic.
His scratch reduces the field to 11. Kentucky Derby winner Mage had been expected to run in the Classic
but never arrived at Santa Anita after spiking a fever last weekend.

Geaux Rocket Ride had surgery to repair a displaced condylar fracture on Sunday. It’s a repetitive strain injury that
 results in a fracture to the cannon bone above the fetlock due to large loads transmitted during high-speed workouts.

“Rocket is having an unexpected response to the surgery and isn’t recovering as we hoped,” according to a
social media post by owner Pin Oak Stud. “He appears to be in no pain and is eating. Our boy is still fighting hard so
we will keep fighting for him.”

The colt was transferred to Chino Valley Equine Medical Hospital for further evaluation.

Geaux Rocket Ride had been pre-entered to run in the Classic.

The 3-year-old colt was injured near the end of a seven-furlong workout, which came one day after a workout was
 postponed due to what Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said were “tender feet” as the result of having been
 re-shod last Thursday.

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Yes!  What terrible news drop! Learning that Practical Move dies of a heart attack after a gallop at Santa Anita is quite disturbing, Blue Jay.  Plus, Arcangelo out of Classic too. Something very strange is in the air lately. 

Naturally, where applicable, my sincere heartfelt condolences goes out to all connections, friends and fans. 

Thanks for keeping us posted Blue Jay.

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Haskell Stakes (G1) winner Geaux Rocket Ride , who was training up to the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) when seriously injured Saturday at Santa Anita Park, was euthanized Nov. 1, according to a statement issued by the horse's owner Pin Oak Stud. 

"It is with very heavy hearts that we report that, at the recommendation of his medical team, Geaux Rocket Ride has finally reached peace," the statement read. "His mind and his spirit never quit, but his body never recovered from surgery. He had a very rare response post-op and he wasn't able to stand up again. He fought hard and our team of vets tried everything they could.

"We are grateful for Dr. Bramlage, Dr. Carpenter, Dr. Slovis, Dr. Klohnen and all of the other doctors and medical staff who helped Rocket. We are appreciative of all of the support that we've received from everyone. We made sure he knew how loved he was. Geaux Rocket Ride was the first member of our Pin Oak family and he will never be forgotten. We will miss you forever, Rocket."


RIP Rocket!

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I am sad to hear this. My Mom who loves horses would be also.

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I am saddened plus I am terrified!! 

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Oh wow! It has definitely been a rough year for horses! All this news makes me sick. Very very sad!

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: (  Very sad to hear this!

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