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Landseer put down after breaking a leg in the Mile

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published October 27, 2002

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- Landseer was euthanized Saturday after breaking his right leg in the final turn in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"It was such a severe fracture," veterinarian Wayne McIlwraigh said. "He was euthanized immediately. There was no chance of saving him once it was in pieces."

After the horse pitched him, jockey Edgar Prado sat on the track with his arms resting on his knees. He wasn't hurt.

"It just cracked. Maybe he stepped in a hole, I couldn't tell," Prado said.

Dr. Larry Bramlage said Landseer broke his cannon bone below the knee. After the injury the horse continued running, trying to catch the pack. Landseer was a four-time winner in his two-year career.

It was the second straight Breeders' Cup in which a horse died. Before last year's Distaff, Exogenous fell and hit her head entering the track. She was euthanized several days later.

WINNING TOUTS: Karen M. Johnson had a huge day.

The Daily Racing Form writer correctly picked four winners on the eight-race card, including Volponi's upset in the $4-million Classic.

Johnson had to pick Volponi. She owns a piece of the horse, and her father, Phil Johnson, is part-owner, trainer and co-breeder.

Volponi, a 40-1 shot, won by 6 1/2 lengths in the day's biggest upset.

Johnson picked Storm Flag Flying to win the Juvenile Fillies, Vindication in the Juvenile, High Chaparral in the Turf and Volponi.

"I really thought that the horse could win, and I also felt like I had to pick the horse," she said of Volponi. "My dad had a lot of faith in the horse, and I have a lot of faith in my dad's judgment."

But Johnson's tout didn't go without notice.

"I figured I was going to get a lot of ribbing," she said.

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