Day At The Track

King Mufasa is on the mend after accident

04:13 AM 13 Nov 2014 NZDT
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King Mufasa, harness racing
King Mufasa in action
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King Mufasa, the 2013 Illinois Harness Horse of the Year who nearly perished in a highway accident back in July, is doing well in his Springfield, Illinois home according to his trainer Mike Brink.

“I built a little paddock for him,” said Mike. “He put on some weight and he looks pretty good. What his outcome is, we don’t know that yet but he is getting around okay.”

The 5-year-old trotter was enroute from Springfield to Hoosier Park when his horse van was severely damaged in an accident, pinning King Mufasa in the wreckage. Bleeding profusely when he was found trapped under twisted steel the horse was extracted several hours later and transported to Purdue University Large Animal Hospital via horse ambulance.

It took a 44-day stay with plenty of expert and tender-loving care from the Purdue medical staff for King Mufasa to recover from number of serious life threatening injuries before he returned to his Springfield home.

King Mufasa joined Brink’s stable for his 3-year-old campaign and was absolutely sensational under the care of his 61-year-old conditioner, winning every major Illinois-bred stakes—including the Cardinal, the Kadabra, both state-fair crowns at Springfield and Du Quoin and the $124,000 Su Mac Lad on Super Night—along with open added-money triumphs in Balmoral’s Hanover and the Circle City at Hoosier Park.

At one time King Mufasa rattled off 12 consecutive victories when he earned $238,590 for his owners H.W. Wright of Morton, Illinois and Mystical Marker Farms of Dwyer, Indiana.

The Right Move: It was heartening to see that the $10,000 Life’s A Holiday, one of recent cast-off ICF stake races at Maywood Park, has been re-written for this weekend and moved to Balmoral Park by the circuit’s Race Office.

Perhaps Balmoral’s big track will lure more than a trio of horses (Fox Valley Veto, Cardinal Wind and Nino Marino) to the 3-year-old state-bred colt and gelding trot event.

Let’s hope the Race Office does another right thing by positioning the stake as a non-wagering race, before or during the Saturday or Sunday cards, if there are four or less horses entered.

by Mike Paradise, for IHHA

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