Popular multiple stakes winner Saginaw was euthanized Friday after suffering an injury during the running of the third race at Saratoga Race Course.
He appeared to take a bad step approaching the far turn and was pulled up by jockey Junior Alvarado and taken by van back to his barn, where X-rays were taken.
According to Dr. Anthony Verderosa, Chief Examining Veterinarian for the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), Saginaw fractured both sesamoids in his left front ankle. The injuries were beyond repair.
Saginaw, a 7-year-old New York-bred gelding was claimed for $30,000 by David Jacobson on behalf of himself and Drawing Away Stable in March 2012, and went on to win 14 of his next 17 races. This year he won five races, including the John Morrissey, Affirmed Success, Compelling Word and Hollie Hughes stakes.
In 2012, Saginaw won 10 races, tying him for the most of any North American thoroughbred.
Overall, Saginaw won 21 of 41 lifetime starts for $974,690.