Intense Holiday loses battle with laminitis at age 3

April 23, 2015


Intense Holiday was euthanized June 12, 2014, after losing a battle with laminitis following surgery. The colt was 3.

The dark bay horse, born in 2011, had two hind socks.

He suffered a condylar fracture to his right foreleg while working out at Belmont Park on May 25 in preparation for the Belmont Stakes. He was treated at Hogan Equine Veterinary Clinic in New Jersey, where he underwent surgery on May 27. He was expected to recover and retire to the breeding shed, but he developed laminitis in both forelimbs in the days following surgery and was euthanized.

He finished 12th in the Kentucky Derby and won the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in February 2014.

He was trained by Todd Pletcher.

Sired by Harlan’s Holiday out of Intensify (Unbridled’s Song), he was purchased by Starlight Racing for $300,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling auction.

Intense Holiday won two of nine starts with total earnings of $551,900.

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