Mission fulfilled but tragic end for gallant gelding
RSS Feeds Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jet Prospector, a fighter on the track against his rivals and in retirement against various health problems, was euthanized in early January because of severe laminitis. Laminitis, a painful ailment in which the soft tissue in the hoof becomes inflamed sometimes causing the bone to rotate, is the same foot ailment that claimed the life of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

A remarkably consistent gelding, Jet Prospector won 13 of 36 starts and earned an impressive $335,575. In his prime, he finished third in a Grade 3 stakes at Churchill Downs and later became a reliable claimer primarily on the East Coast. His previous trainers include Exceller Fund President Gary Contessa.

“This is a sad day for the Exceller Fund,” said Executive Director Nicole Smith. “But I believe Jet Prospector is in a better place where he can finally run without pain. His health was declining and when he was unable to walk with his pasture mates, we made the difficult decision to put him to sleep.”

Smith said the gelding’s death was particularly hard on his foster care providers, Tom Jones and Lisa Summers, who nursed him through many setbacks at their Bagdad, Kentucky farm.

“Although this is a tragic end, the Exceller Fund fulfilled its mission of ‘providing a future beyond the finish line’ for Jet Prospector,” Smith said. “He had a wonderful life under the Exceller Fund umbrella and died peacefully with dignity. I hope people will continue donating to the Exceller Fund so we can continue our mission for racehorses.”


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