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Intense Holiday Loses Battle with Laminitis
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Starlight Racing’s Intense Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday--Intensify, by Unbridled’s Song) was euthanized Thursday after a battle with laminitis. The GII Risen Star S. winner suffered a condylar fracture in his right front leg during training May 25, and underwent successful surgery May 27 at Hogan Equine Veterinary Clinic in New Jersey. He was retired after the surgery and expected to make a full recovery and eventually stand at stud, but he soon developed laminitis in both forelimbs that became irreversible. "It’s a tough day for me, our partners and our team," said Jack Wolf, Starlight Racing co-managing partner. "This horse was a fighter and he fought for his life in the same way he battled on the track--with tenacity. It’s a terrible loss for all of us." Trained by Todd Pletcher, the $380,000 KEESEP yearling was third in Gulfstream’s GII Holy Bull S. in January to kick off his sophomore season. He took the Risen Star at Fair Grounds a month in February, and was second in the GII Louisiana Derby Mar. 29. He was most recently 12th with a troubled trip in the GI Kentucky Derby May 3. Bred in Kentucky by Machmer Hall and Haymarket Farm, the dark bay earned $551,900 from an overall record of 9-2-1-1. "To lose such a strong and vibrant athlete like Intense Holiday just underscores the insidious, nondiscriminatory nature of acute laminitis," offered Dr. Patty Hogan, Intense Holiday’s attending veterinarian. "No horse is immune to this disease and it can strike at any time and with little warning. Intense Holiday was an incredibly stoic patient and his toughness humbled those of us caring for him. To this day, laminitis in the horse remains such a poorly understood disease process and our treatment options are so limited. I regret that we could not prevent the progression of the disease in this wonderful colt. It is a tragedy to lose him."

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