Moments after the back-door locked, Runnin’toluvya reared violently in his stall, throwing rider Christian Hiraldo to the ground.
The son of Fiber Nonde, who is owned and trained by Timothy Grams, was subsequently examined by the on-site veterinarian.
Everything appeared to check out. Back in the gate he went.
When the stall doors opened, Runnin’toluvya flashed good speed while stalking the pace in second through the first six furlongs. Entering the stretch, however, Runnin’toluvya began to be eased.
Hiraldo eventually got the 5-year-old gelding pulled up past the finish line, which is when observers noticed blood running down the entirety of Runnin’toluvya’s left hind leg. He was vanned off the track.
First, the good news: Runnin’toluvya was reportedly doing fine Sunday morning and only “a little scraped up” from the incident, according to Grams.
Just spoke with Tim Grams. He says Runnin’toluvya is doing fine today, and is just a little scraped up.
He’s one of my favorite horses, and I’ve been having a tough time trying to process the events of last night. But right now I’m just happy that he’s gonna be alright.— Paul Espinosa Jr. (@BettorCallPaul) October 13, 2019
As for Zimny, he plans to follow up on this matter with state racing officials later this week when racing resumes at Charles Town.
“I’m certainly going to discuss with the stewards here when I’m back in this week about what they saw,” Zimny said. “But again, I have no dominion or control over (commission) employees, nor do they really have over ours.
“It’s a difficult position for me to be in as an operator,” Zimny continued. “From a track perspective, It doesn’t matter if it's a $10,000 race, or a $300,000 race, or a $1 million race, if a horse is not fit to run they shouldn’t be running. And it doesn’t matter if they’re 1-5 or 100-1.
"But again, the professionals who were there to make that decision were the ones on the scene. And they made that decision. I’m not here to Monday morning quarterback anything. They are the pros who are entrusted to make those calls.”