Arcadius died after winning the Iroquois Steeplechase (George Walker IV- AP Photo/The Tennessean)

Steeplechaser Arcadius dies after winning $150,000 Iroquois

Arcadius died after winning the Iroquois Steeplechase (George Walker IV- AP Photo/The Tennessean)
Arcadius is loaded into a trailer after collapsing and dying as he was being cooled down after winning the $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase horse race at Percy Warner Park, Saturday, May 12, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (George Walker IV- AP Photo/The Tennessean)

(AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Arcadius collapsed and died as he was being cooled down after winning the $150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park on Saturday.

The 8-year-old gelding collapsed at a station placed just beyond the finish line of the 3-mile race.

Dr. Marty McInturff, one of five official veterinarians on the course, said Arcadius succumbed from “a heart attack” and a possible aneurysm. The results of a necropsy examination are expected Monday at the earliest.

The bay gelding raced for the Hudson River Farm of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., real estate executive Edward Swyer and Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Arcadius was making his second start this season and the 21st of his career dating to 2008. During that time, he won six races, including the $100,000 Helen Haskell Simpson at Monmouth Park in 2010.

The $90,000 winner’s share of the Iroquois purse raised Arcadius’ career earnings past $300,000. Continue reading >>

4 thoughts on “Steeplechaser Arcadius dies after winning $150,000 Iroquois”

  1. People should use their own legs to run races and leave horses alone.. Animals are not commodities and certainly not on the planet to amuse humans. RIP Arcadius and may this stupid activity die too.

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  2. They give their all…..For what?…I lived at the home where Steeplechase is held for a short time no surprise to me one year a horse broke it’s leg and the vet said it could be saved instead they put the horse down I stood right there a very young horse….I also watched a jockey whip his horse to the point I said something only to get a very ugly response…..It needs to STOP!!!!!…Greed,partying, and more Greed makes me sick as a Human being to watch the people who own these horses it’s all about money and trying to be somebody in my humble opinion you are all nobodies!

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