The 4-year-old three-time Grade I winner Dullahan has died. He suffered a devastating ruptured colon early on Sunday, October 20. Dullahan began profusely sweating some time after one in the morning and he was rushed to the veterinary clinic. He was in surgery around 4 a.m. and the extent of the damage caused by the ruptured colon was grim. Dullahan already had developed a severe internal infection. Despite intense efforts of Hagyard Medical Institute surgeons Nathan Slovis and Robert Hunt, there was nothing that could be done to save him.
Less than a week ago, Dullahan was retired from racing due to a tendon injury. His connections wanted to keep the handsome stallion safe from additional injuries.
Jerry Crawford, managing partner of the Donegal Racing partnership that campaigned Dullahan, said the horse had no colic issues before. He noted,
Between WinStar and the clinic he had the best care possible, and I’m grateful to all of them.
Bred in Kentucky by Phil Needham, Judy Needham and Bena Halecky, Dullahan was by Even the Score by Unbridled’s Song. He was out of Mining My Own, by Smart Strike. Dullahan was bought for Donegal Racing at $250,000 from Bona Terra Stud, agent, at the 2010 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He was named Dullahan for an ancestral county in Ireland. Dullahan received his training by Dale Romans.
He retired just a matter of days ago with three wins out of 18 starts. His total earnings were $1,735,901.
Crawford said early Sunday,
I have been sitting here the last two hours, vacillating. There is great sadness over never getting to see baby Dullahans. That’s a sadness that will always remain. Then I think of Trevor Denman (Del Mar’s racecaller) calling ‘bounding home in the center of the track ... that’s Dullahan,’ and it just gives me goosebumps.
Sometimes the best care and most careful planning cannot save a horse.
Two interesting videos of Dullahan. The first is a jockey cam - come along with Dullahan on an exercise ride. The second video shows the stunning Dullahan colt at auction, looking superb. View Keeneland video here.
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