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Former Derby, Preakness
winner Charismatic dies
LOUISVILLE—Former Kentucky Derby
and Preakness Stakes winner Charis-
matic, whose bid for the Triple Crown
ended with a dramatic leg injury as he
neared the finish line in the Belmont
Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred re-
tirement farm in Kentucky.
The striking chestnut horse that won
the first two legs of the Triple Crown in
1999 was found dead in his stall last Sun-
day at Old Friends farm near Georgetown,
Kentucky, the farm said.
“Right now, everyone is pretty much
inconsolable,” Old Friends President
Michael Blowen said Monday. “He was
a really tough horse and he deserved a
much longer retirement ... Everyone at
Old Friends takes solace from the few great
months that this great champion gave us.”
The stallion ate all his food Saturday
and looked fine, Blowen said.
He said Monday night that preliminary
results from a necropsy indicate that
Charismatic suffered a fractured pelvis,
which caused the horse to hemorrhage.
The farm said Charismatic was 21.
Charismatic arrived at Old Friends last
December after a long stud career in Japan.
He quickly became a favourite among the
farm’s visitors in central Kentucky.
“He connected with people that would
come here and tell us stories about what
that horse meant to them when he won the
Kentucky Derby, and then when he broke
his leg in the Belmont,” Blowen said. “He
was just a touchstone for people’s own
personal history with horse racing that
very few horses could match.”
The unheralded Charismatic ran in
claiming races, then emerged unexpect-
edly as the best of the 3-year-old crop in
After winning the Lexington Stakes,
the D. Wayne Lukas-trained colt won the
Derby as a longshot. Charismatic followed
up by winning the Preakness.
Lukas recalled Charismatic’s success
that spring as the perfect example of a
“He seemed uninterested in being a race
horse when I first started him,” Lukas said
by phone. “In fact, he didn’t turn the cor-
ner until March of his 3-year-old season.
But once he got going, he stayed gone.”
River Frost back to
A round-up of the rest of the action from Kempton
where River Frost got back to winning ways under
Barry Geraghty, yesterday.
River Frost left his fall at Wincanton behind him
when getting back to winning ways in the Racing UK
HD Handicap Hurdle at Kempton.
Having scored at the Sunbury track on his previous
start, the Alan King-trained gelding maintained his
unbeaten record at the track in the two-mile-five-
Hitting the front late on, the 5-1 favourite found
plenty for pressure under Barry Geraghty to defeat
Coastal Tiep by a length and a quarter.
King said: “To be fair we schooled him a couple of
days after Wincanton and he was very good. Just
watching him jump the first couple today, maybe he
just remembered it a bit.
“He is a grand, progressive young horse. It was
very testing that day at Wincanton and that was
not ideal, but he would have been second at best.
“We might duck Cheltenham and look somewhere
Visions of a trip to the Grand National Festival at
Aintree have entered the equation for the Emma
Lavelle-trained Irish Prophecy (4/1) after he main-
tained his unbeaten status in the Racing UK-spon-
Barry Fenton, husband of the winning trainer, said:
“He did the business at Doncaster, but things didn’t
go right there. He had to come round the outside and
Timmy Murphy gave him a great ride.
“We always thought there was a lot more than
he showed at Doncaster and today he has gone and
shown what he is about. We were thinking about
Liverpool. We never factored in going to Cheltenham.”
Dinaria Des Obeaux
wins after inquiry at
Dinaria Des Obeaux justified odds-on favouritism in
the Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle at Fairyhouse after
a stewards’ inquiry.
Gordon Elliott’s charge was sent off at 10-11 for the
Grade Three contest and was at the head of affairs
for much of the race, though Ex Patriot swept ahead
approaching the last in the hands of Davy Russell.
Bryan Cooper was forced to switch Dinaris Des
Obeaux out as Ex Patriot cut across her, and was
gaining with every stride heading to the finish, missing
out by a head.
The stewards then deemed the interference caused
by Ex Patriot to be enough to reverse the placings,
giving the win to Elliott’s mare.
Elliott said: “She’s a grand, honest mare that stays.
She definitely got impeded and it’s unfortunate for
the connections of the second. We got a bit of luck
today, but they are two nice horses.
“I wouldn’t say it was the strongest race in the
world, so I don’t know whether she’ll be going to
Speaking before the demotion of her 5-1 chance,
Ex Patriot’s trainer Ellmarie Holden said: “That was
unbelievable, absolutely super. It’s his third run and
he just keeps improving every time.
“He’s just enthusiastic about the whole thing and
loving it. He’s getting sharper every time with his
“I wasn’t too disappointed at Leopardstown as he
still ran very well for his second run.
“We’ll decide during the week now about Chelten-
ham. We’ll see how he comes out of it.
“Davy said he was super and said the trip and
ground were perfect.
“He seems to go on that ground. On his first run
we were a bit concerned because we thought he
might like nicer ground, so nicer ground wouldn’t
worry us either.”
Mafia Man, right, with jockey Kerron Khelawan up flying home to win Race 4, the Handicap 3 Y.0. & Over Horses Rated 50-35 at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima on Wednesday during the 2017 Carnival Lime programme. Day 6, 2017. PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
Apprentice jockey Andrew Poon in the saddle of Vantage Point together with the Connections of the horse in Winners Enclosure at
Santa Rosa Park, Arima, after Vantage Point won Race 6, the W.I. Bred 4 Y.0. & Over Maidens Handicap in Race 6 on Wednesday
during the ARC Carnival Lime. (Day 6). PHOTO: RALPH BANWARIE
MAKING HIS MOVE
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