Art Collector, winner of more than $4 million, was euthanized today after suffering from laminitis. The 6-year old son of Bernadini most recently won the 2023 G1 Pegasus World Cup. Trainer Bill Mott said Art Collector first showed signs of an issue a couple of days after he worked five furlongs over Saratoga’s Oklahoma training track on Aug. 5. What first appeared to be a foot abscess quickly developed into laminitis, which affected all four feet.
Having recently lost a horse to laminitis, I know only all too well how quickly the disease can progress and how devasting it is to watch your horse suffer.
“He started to develop laminitis a couple of days ago and he went in a hurry,” Mott told the Thoroughbred Daily News. “He had a very good work on the fifth of August and was fine the next day. Then he developed what appeared to be a small foot abscess two days later. We were soaking it and treating it. We didn’t think it was going to be anything serious, but it developed into laminitis in all four feet. He was with us in Saratoga and was in his stall. He started to get real uncomfortable on Tuesday. Yesterday was a bad day and it was getting worse and we had to make the decision to put him asleep.”
My heart goes out to Art Collector’s connections. This was a hard decision to make but they chose to keep their horse comfortable.