Following radiographs indicating that Mongolian Groom had sustained fractures in the lower portion of his cannon bone and upper portion of his pattern, injuries that are not life sustaining, the Breeders’ Cup Classic challenger was euthanized shortly thereafter.
Mongolian Groom was immediately attended to by an expert team of veterinarians, led by board certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Ryan Carpenter following the incident.
During their evaluation at the equine hospital at Santa Anita, they observed a serious fracture to his left hind limb. Given the extent of the injury, Dr. Ryan Carpenter, in consultation with Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, veterinary surgeon and professor emeritus at Colorado State University, Dr. Rick Arthur, Equine Medical Director of the California Horse Racing Board, and attending veterinarian Dr. Vince Baker, recommended the humane solution.
The following statement was released immediately after the horse was euthanized: “The death of Mongolian Groom is a loss to the entire horse racing community. Our equine and human athletes’ safety is the Breeders’ Cup’s top priority.
“In addition, Breeders’ Cup always observes the most thorough up-to-date medication practices and restrictions, testing protocols, equine security and surveillance program, veterinary exams, injury management protocols and racing surface testing.
These measures are in place to ensure our athletes are racing under the safest and most transparent conditions possible. “Breeders’ Cup has engaged world-renowned veterinarian, Dr. Larry Bramlage, to conduct an independent evaluation, the results of which will be published when completed.
“We will continue to keep all stakeholders apprised as information becomes available. We are committed to working with our partners in the industry to continue to advance safety reforms, with the well-being of our athletes in mind.”