Grade I winner Turallure euthanized after shattering hind leg

Popular Grade I winner Turallure was euthanized Thursday morning after shattering his right hind pastern during a routine gallop, trainer Charlie LoPresti confirmed.

LoPresti said Turallure galloped under exercise rider Damien Rock at Keeneland and began showing signs of distress after pulling up. The 6-year-old son of Wando was vanned to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where radiographs taken by Dr. Larry Bramlage revealed the extend of his injury.

“He was out for a routine gallop.  He trained like a million dollars, there was not a pimple on that horse and when he come out of the turn he took a bad step I guess,” LoPresti said. “He was packing his hind leg and I thought he might have stung his foot. For precautionary reasons we took him to the clinic and when Dr. Bramlage took the radiographs, there it was. It was like a Barbaro situation. Just his whole hind pastern was shattered in about six places.

“When I saw the radiographs…I knew we wouldn’t be able to save him.”

LoPresti said he was prepping Turallure for one more start this season and that plans had been made to geld the stunning gray horse in an attempt to refocus him for a possible 7-year-old campaign.

“We were going to run him one more time in an allowance race and then he was going to have the winter off and then we were going to geld him because we couldn’t find anywhere to stand him at stud,” LoPresti said. “We were going to geld him and try and bring him back next year or we were just going to retire him and make him either my riding horse or somebody’s jumper.”

Bred and campaigned by Donna Arnold’s Four D Stables, Turallure  helped propel his connections into the national spotlight with his triumph in the 2011 edition of Grade I Woodbine Mile.

Turallure followed up that Woodbine run with a brave second-place finish in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Mile, finishing just a nose behind race winner Court Vision and ahead of three-time Mile heroine Goldikova. Winless in 11 starts since his Woodbine Mile victory, the gray horse was overtaken in terms of spotlight by stablemate Wise Dan, who went on to be named the 2012 Horse of the Year, but was a favorite within the LoPresti shedrow for his tenacity and charismatic demeanor.

“It’s just terrible. I haven’t even had a chance to sit down and digest it myself,” LoPresti said.

Turallure won six of 26 career starts, including a win in the  2011 Grade II Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, and had earnings of $1,378,997.