Eletronica, a popular four-time graded stakes winner, died as the
result of injuries he suffered in a training accident at approximately 8
a.m. on Saturday at Belmont Park.
Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
9-year-old was galloping on the training track when he collided with
another horse, Six Drivers, who was running loose after having unseated
his rider behind the starting gate. Caixa Eletronica suffered a skull
fracture in the incident, with Six Drivers suffering a neck fracture.
Both horses died immediately as a result of their injuries, according to
Dr. Anthony Verderosa, chief examining veterinarian for The New York
Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).
Eletronica hit his best stride after he was claimed by trainer Todd
Pletcher for $62,500 on behalf of owner Mike Repole in 2011. With Repole
and Pletcher, Caixa Eletronica won seven stakes, including the 2011
Grade 3 Westchester, 2012 Grade 2 Charles Town Classic, 2012 Grade 2
True North Handicap, and 2012 Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap.
a terrible day for racing," said Repole. "For any horse, it's horrible.
When you hear it's Caixa Eletronica, it's magnified."
Caixa Eletronica was 23-9-11 in 69 starts, with more than $1.8 million
in earnings. In his final start, the chestnut son of Arromanches was
fourth in the 2013 Grade 3 Fall Highweight on November 28 at Aqueduct
was such an iron horse," said Repole. "For him to pass away like this
makes no sense. I told Todd, 'If this horse ever gets a pimple on his
rear, I'll retire him.' Todd said, 'I wish my 2-year-olds and
3-year-olds were super sound like this horse.'"
Eletronica's exercise rider, Carlos Castro, was taken to North Shore
University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. for evaluation. Six Drivers'
rider, Julio Pezua, suffered no apparent injuries.