Caixa Eletronica dies after Belmont Park collision

caixa-eletronicaA four-time graded stakes winning horse named Caixa Eletronica died after being injured on January 4 during a training session at Belmont Park, as reported to RacebooksOnline.com. Unfortunately a loose horse named Six Drivers was also killed during the incident. The deaths were the result of a collision which took place at about 8 am. Caixa Eletronica was running on the course’s training track at the nine-year-old horse suddenly collided with Six Drivers.

Six Drivers happened to be running loose on the track after his rider was unseated just behind the starting gate. Six Drivers came out of the collision with a fractured neck while Caixa Eletronica fractured his skull. Both of the horses lost their lives immediately because of the injuries suffered in the mishap. Dr. Anthony Verderosa, who is the New York Racing Association’s chief examining veterinarian, confirmed the deaths of both horses.

Caixa Eletronica seemed to hit his peak as a race horse after trainer Todd Pletcher claimed him in 2011 on behalf of his owner Mike Repole for a price of $62,500. With Pletcher and Repole watching over him, Caixa Eletronica managed to capture a total of seven stakes. These included the Westchester Stakes in 2011 and the Charles Town Classic Stakes in 2012 as well as the Fall Highweight Handicap and True North Handicap.

Repole was shocked and saddened by the accident and claimed that it’s a terrible day in the world of horse racing. He added that it’s a horrible thing to happen to any horse, but the tragedy is magnified because it happened to Caixa Eletronica. Pletcher stated that Caixa Eletronica represented everything good about the sport of horse racing. He said the horse got off to a modest start during his career and then reached the pinnacle of the sport and it’s simply heartbreaking.

Overall during his career, Caixa Eletronica started 69 races and has a record of 23-9-11. The horse managed to win over $1.8 million. In the animal’s final start he placed fourth at the 2013 Fall Highweight which took place at Aqueduct Racetrack on November 28. During 2013 Caixa Eletronica, manage to win four out of his nine races with one of them being the Duck Dance Stakes which was run at Belmont Park.

Repole said Caixa Eletronica was a very durable horse and it doesn’t really make any sense for him to lose his life like this. He added that he wishes his two and three-year-old horses were as sound as Caixa Eletronica was. Carlos Castro, who was riding the horse when he dies, was taken to a Manhasset, New York hospital to be evaluated and Julio Pezua, who was seated by Six Drivers, was reported to have suffered no injuries.

Six Drivers, who was owned by Jeffrey Tucker, had just four career starts and had yet to win a race. The four-year-old gelding managed to finish second in a maiden claiming event at Aqueduct on December 27.

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