Mrs. S.K. Johnson Jr.'s multiple stakes-winning gelding, Hoofit (NZ), died today as a result of complications from a leg infection, it was announced by his trainer, Graham Motion, via Twitter this afternoon. "He survived an earthquake, hurricane and shipping across the world, but this was too much," said Motion.
Last seen in the six-furlong Phoenix Stakes-G3 at Keeneland on October 4, in which he finished ninth, Hoofit had placed in stakes at Belmont, Colonial Downs, and Presque Isle Downs earlier this season, always running with honesty, courage, and determination. He gutted out a victory over multiple graded stakes winner, Aikenite, in the 2011 Phoenix Stakes in 1:09.27, in his second U.S. start. It would turn out to be his last trip to the winner's circle.
Racing in his native New Zealand, Hoofit had won the seven-furlong Bonecrusher Stakes at Ellerslie during his sophomore year. A bay son of Mossman out of the stakes-winning Danehill mare, Chuckle (AUS), the six-year-old Hoofit won or placed in 15 of his 32 starts on two continents, bankrolling $283,982.