Multiple stakes winner and claimed New York-bred Saginaw suffered a serious double fracture of both sesamoids in his left front ankle and was euthanized Friday, August 30. He sustained his injury during the third race at Saratoga Race Course.
He apparently took a misstep as he was nearing the far turn. Saginaw’s jockey, Junior Alvarado, pulled his horse up quickly but the damage was already done. Saginaw was taken back to his barn by van.
The news for Saginaw were dismal after the X-rays were interpreted. Dr. Anthony Verderosa, chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association (NYRA), announced that Saginaw had fractured both sesamoids. The damage to his left front ankle was ominous and beyond repair.
Saginaw was 7 years old. He was bred by Ted Taylor in New York and was by Peruvian out of Devilzene by Devil's Bag. In 2012 he was claimed a last time in March for $30,000 by David Jacobson for Drawing Away Stable. Saginaw went on a winning streak for Drawing Away Stable, winning 14 out of 17 races.
He shares the record for winning 10 races in 2012, tying him for the most races won of any North American thoroughbred in that year with Clean Jean. He was also recognized as claimer of the year 2012 by the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association.
Overall, Saginaw won 21 of his 41 lifetime starts earning a total of $974,690.
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