Laminitis claims star filly

06:00 AM 02 Sep 2014 NZST
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Mindarie Priddy

Star harness racing filly Mindarie Priddy has lost her battle with laminitis.

Struggling to recover from a “simple” cut in her hoof, Mindarie Priddy had to be put down yesterday.

Devastated by the news, trainer David Miles remains shocked by the manner in which the daughter of Artistic Fella met her demise.

“All this is the result of something amazingly simple,” Miles said. “Initially she only stood on a toe chip, which developed into a foot infection that didn’t burst as you’d normally expect.

“We took her to the vet surgery and it went pear-shaped from there, and before we knew it, she was fighting for her life.

“In the end she was suffering from laminitis and we had to make the heartbreaking call.”

Laminitis is a disease that affects hooved animals, often leading to perforation of the coffin bone through the sole of the hoof, requiring aggressive treatment or euthanasia.

Sadly in the case of Mindarie Priddy – a winner of 11 races from 17 starts for earnings of $284,659 - it was the latter.

In human terms, Laminitis is similar to gangrene, which often leads to amputation.

“I can’t believe this has happened,” Miles declared. “We tried everything we could to save her, but her body was just fighting itself and not responding.

“In the end the laminitis was too bad and there was every chance the pedal bone would have kept rotating and pushed through the sole of her foot.

“There was even talk of getting a prosthetic leg for her, so I can tell you we tried, and thought of, everything, but the overall result is she had to be put down.”

Miles also revealed connections flushed several embryos from the mare, which was served by leading sire, Bettors Delight.

Again to Miles’ dismay, the embryos “didn’t take”.

“During the last month we knew things weren’t looking good and were aware of what may come, so we tried to get some embryos out of her,” Miles said.

“They were by Bettors Delight, which would have been a terrific mating, but they didn’t take, so we’ve ended up with nothing.

“She was without doubt the best filly I have ever put a bridle on…she had speed, stamina and brains, she was the perfect racehorse.

“The Australian Pacing Gold will remain her best win, but for one reason or another, we never got to see the best of her.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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