Injured Breeders' Cup Horse Euthanized

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Round Pond's upset victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff was marred by a fatal injury to Pine Island and a lesser injury to Fleet Indian on Saturday.

Pine Island was euthanized after dislocating her left front ankle, which broke the skin and introduced infection into her bloodstream, according to Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, director of orthopedic research at Colorado State's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Jockey Javier Castellano was pitched over the top of Pine Island as the 3-year-old filly tumbled to the ground. He gave a thumbs-up sign as he got into an ambulance. Castellano was scheduled to ride Bernardini in the $5 million Classic about an hour later.

Fleet Indian, the 5-2 wagering favorite under Jose Santos, sustained a compound fracture in her left front fetlock joint, which is repairable, said McIlwraith, an on-call veterinarian Saturday.

There were few smiles in the winner's circle from trainer Michael Matz and jockey Edgar Prado, who endured similar heartbreak when Barbaro took a devastating misstep in the Preakness Stakes in May.

Barbaro's injury ended his career, and he is still recovering.

"I've been in that situation and nobody ever likes to see that happen," Matz said.

Round Pond, who won by 4½ lengths, paid $29.80 to win at 13-1 odds in the field of 14. The 4-year-old filly covered 1 1-8 miles in 1:50.50.

Jockey Corey Nakatani aboard Balletto lodged a foul objection against Asi Siempre and Julien Leparoux. As a result, Asi Siempre was disqualified from second to fourth.

Happy Ticket moved up to second from third, while Balletto was placed third after finishing fourth.