Grade I Winner Santa Barbara Dies

Santa Barbara winning the Belmont Oaks | Coglianese

Santa Barbara (Ire) (Camelot {GB}-Senta's Dream {GB}, by Danehill), the winner of this year's GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. and GI Beverly D. S., has died after suffering complications from a fractured pelvis.

“Unfortunately she had fractured her pelvis and that displaced overnight,” said trainer Aidan O'Brien. “It's terrible really, when it displaced it caused internal bleeding and we didn't have any choice as she was in a lot of pain. It's such a shame.”

Bred by Aidan and Annemarie O'Brien's Whisperview Trading, Santa Barbara won her lone start at two at The Curragh last September and was early favourite for the G1 1000 Guineas and G1 Cazoo Oaks. She missed the board in both those races, but bounced back to be a neck second in the G1 Pretty Polly S. at The Curragh on July 27 before reeling off an American Grade I double. Santa Barbara was a half-sister to Breeders' Cup winners Iridessa (Ire) (Ruler of the World {Ire}) and Order Of Australia (Ire) (Australia {GB}), and their second dam, Starine (Fr) (Mendocino), won the GI Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf for Bobby Frankel.

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