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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

Freehold, NJ --- Winky’s Gill, winner of a heat of the 1983 Hambletonian, dam of 1993 Hambletonian Oaks winner Winky’s Goal (1:54.4, $844,924) and 1987 Peter Haughton Memorial winner, Supergill (1:53.3, $664,194) died at the age of 34 on August 8 at Perretti Farm, her home of 14 years.   She was buried in the farm’s equine cemetery.  The daughter of Bonefish and Lassie Blue Chip was bred by Ulf Moberg and was born January 31, 1980 in Lexington, Kentucky. Her stakes wins include the 1982 Merrie Annabelle, Acorn, Review, Hayes and Lexington Filly Stakes.  In addition to a heat of the 1983 Hambletonian against colts in which she was third overall, she won the Coaching Club Oaks, Breeders Filly Stakes, Review and the Bluegrass Stake.  Her 15 wins in 27 starts got her purse earnings of $472,154 and a mark of 1:55.2. In her later years, Winky’s Gill served as babysitter for yearling fillies at Perretti Farm, a job at which she excelled, but only after two tries.  “We tried her back when she was a young girl in her mid-twenties,” said Breeding Operations Manager Lindsay Taylor in the book Standardbred Old Friends, in which Winky’s Gill is one of 43 horses featured.  “Winky decided she really didn’t want to come in to the barn any more.  It became a problem.  She figured out that every time we were coming out, she was coming in the barn and would be separated from her charges.  “She decided she was the matriarchal mare and she was going to round up her herd and take off for the foothills.  She regarded it as her responsibility to round up the babies and take them to a safe place. It was actually pretty funny if you weren’t the one out there trying to catch them.” Given another chance a few years later, Winky’s Gill got the hang of the job and made life easier for farm staff by leading fillies in to the barn for farrier and veterinary care.  “It’s like the Pied Piper,” said Taylor.  “Where ever she goes, they follow her in a little line. She usually selects one or two favorites, or they select her, I’m not sure which way it goes.  “She’ll have a couple; we call them her lieutenants, who have a special affinity for her or she for them.  She keeps them within 20 or 30 feet.  They form a kind of bond.  When she moves, they go with her.  If not, she usually goes back and round them up and takes them with her.” Taylor said that Winky’s Gill liked those she knew well, but had a definite opinion about one particular profession.  “She’s been around enough veterinarians that she’s a little leery of them.”  Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications  Courtesy of the US Trotting Association Web Newsroom

In tragic news for the Les Harding stable and South Australian harness racing comes the news of passing of stable star Zanardi who passed away last week after complications to surgery to have bone chips removed.   Zanardi had won 16 from his 24 starts under Les Harding and was considered SA’s best free for all class pacer along with Come On Frank, his main wins come in the Gawler Cup and the Maughan Ford Cup, the traditional lead up race to the SA Cup beating Come On Frank in that event.  Bred in New Zealand the Courage Under Fire gelding had just 6 starts for a win at Rangiora at his final start in his homeland before being sold to Western Australia in 2009 where he won his way to fast class company, he relocated to Les Harding stables in May last year with instant success winning first up at Betezy Park, Globe Derby. Zanardi also was runner up in the Mildura Cup to Five Star Anvil and finished fifth behind Smoken Up and Caribbean Blaster in the SA Cup. All up he won 32 races and $210.000 in stake-money.  In a state where fast class pacers don’t come along all that often Zanardi will be sadly missed and particularly by the Harding family. Another former West Australian to do their future racing in South Australia is Remember El  an Elsu gelding who performed well in open class in WA recently running third to David Hercules in a free for all at Gloucester Park.   Gary Newton  

Super Arnie, Sweden's leading sire in 2006-09, has been put down at the age of 26. Super Arnie was sired by Super Bowl and out of Arnies Likeness, she by Arnie Almahurst.

Peace Corps 3,1:52.4 ($4,137,737), the five-time (1988-1992) divisional trotting champion, died in Mallorca, Spain, in November 2012 at the age of 26, it was learned today from her harness racing owner, John Bootsman.

Today at Hyeres Jean-Pierre Dubois won his FR comeback after European rules were changed to permit harness racing drivers to compete after age 70.

Prominent Florida sire Arapa Victory, whose harness racing sons and daughters have made a solid impact in the Florida Stakes program, has died at age 13, according to owner Laurie Lee Poulin.

Eight hours after 2005 Horse-of-the-Year and harness racing giant Rocknroll Hanover was euthanized at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, her former caretaker Sarah Lauren Scott was still having trouble holding back her tears.

A necropsy done on a horse that died before a race last month at The Meadows Racetrack indicates that she succumbed to natural causes. Lislea Isabella, an 8-year-old harness racing mare, died of either exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhaging, an electrolyte imbalance or some other cause, according to the necropsy report released by Samantha Krepps, press secretary for the state Department of Agriculture.

Nobleland Sam, 30, one of the top sires in Ohio breeding history, died Tuesday morning (Feb. 26) in his stall at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, Ohio, according to farm vice president Dr. John Mossbarger.

At day-4 the field for Sunday's harness racing 400,000 euro Prix de Paris has narrowed to twelve, led by Ready Cash, Maharajah and Main Wise As (a son of Yankee Glide).

Ourasi, four-time winner of the Prix d'Amerique, died earlier today in France, at Haras de Gruchy in Normandy. He was put down at approximately 5 a.m. eastern time.

Kevin McDonald and his daughter Amy say they lost a piece of their soul when fire rampaged through their St Johns harness racing stable in Newfoundland killing seven racehorses, a pony, and three goats. They also lost all of their harness racing gear and equipment.

Last night's (November 23rd) Bermuda Cablevision harness stakes racing at Vesey Street was abandoned after a pony was tragically killed while racing.

Cottonwood Farm, with deep sorrow, has announced the passing of Broadway Express, the first millionaire harness racing stallion ever to stand in Illinois and the horse that helped put Cottonwood Farm on the map.

Trot Insider has learned that Canadian Hall of Famer Run The Table, a world champion racehorse and one of Ontario's most influential sires, died Saturday night (Sept. 15) at the age of 28.

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