After a career win of five races, Horse Makari dies from a neck trauma racing injury. Makari clipped the last fence during the New York Turf Writers Cup at Steeplechase on Monday, August 25, 2014, in Sarasota Springs. The horse died tragically on the track in eyesight view of spectators. The jockey, Jack Doyle, sustained no injuries per reports. Dr. Anthony Verderosa, of the New York Racing Association, was the treating veterinarian at the time of the accident.
The 7 year old Bay Gelding was sired by Makbul and dam by Seraphim. The horse had seven wins and placed well often. The last win was on July 31, 2014. The horse was owned by Merriebelle Stable. Makari was trained by Elizabeth Voss. The horse was imported from Britain to compete in the United States.
Jockey, Andrew Tinkler, has ridden Makari in the past; however, Doyle, was the jockey at the reigns at the time of the accident and for the race in July of this year. The race was a Grade 1, $150,000 race. Horse Demonstrative won the New York Turf Writers Cup with Brainstorming placing second.
BettingExpert.com is quoted concerning, Jockey, Jack Doyle, “…a rapidly improving young rider who is very much one to follow.” It is unclear why Doyle lost his position as stable jockey at Emma Lavelle’s; however, he continues to ride for other well known stables. The jockey is confident in his abilities and looked forward to a successful riding career at the time of the parting.
A racing career takes a physical toll on horses as well as jockeys. The race horse operates at its highest limit of agility, endurance, speed and strength, and injuries occur often at this level of competition. Treatment and recovery time can heal a number of injuries; unfortunately, this was not the outcome for Makari at Steeplechase on Monday.