Darley Stable’s 3-year-old colt Fort Hughes
broke down Sunday morning during a breeze on the Belmont Park
training track and had to be euthanized.
“He was a very talented horse who reminded me a lot of his
sire,” said trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who indicated the injury was a
fractured cannon bone. “This is an extremely tough part of this game.
There are a lot of highs, but also a lot of lows.”
A son of Henny Hughes, Fort Hughes’ most recent start came in winning
the Jimmy Winkfield on January 17 at Aqueduct, a six-furlong stakes race in
which he registered a 104 Beyer Speed Figure, third best among all 3-year-olds
With a record of 2-1-0 from three starts and earnings of $84,600, he
had been pointing for the Grade 3 Bay Shore on Saturday, April 9 at Aqueduct
Marsha Barrs, the exercise rider who was on Fort Hughes
when he broke down, was uninjured in the incident.