It’s a sad day today in the world of horse racing after the unfortunate passing of Shared Belief following colic surgery.
The champion two-year old Candy Ride gelding was coming back from a fractured pelvis he suffered in an April 18 race (Charles Town Classic Stakes – gr. II), and had just resumed his training regiment.
Co-owner Alex Solis II noted how Shared Belief’s earlier training session in the morning (Dec. 3) went well.
However, after returning to his stall, Shared Belief broke out into sweats and did not respond to any medical treatment. From there, he was rushed to the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine so they could run some tests. A possible rupture was the diagnosis that required surgery. It was at that point doctors were unable to save him.
“Very tough to take. He was so good, he never seemed real. He wasn’t a big horse but he turned out to be bigger than life, the kind of special horse you dream about,” said an obviously solemn Solis.
Pam and Marty Wygod bred Shared Belief, who won 10-of-12 starts, earning $2,932,200. The Wygods sold Shared Belief to Solis and Jason Litt as part of a private sale. They later brought in Kevin Nish, George Todaro, Jim Rome, and Jerry Hollendorfer into the ownership group.
A few parting words from Jim Rome:
“Today we have suffered a devastating loss. He was a champion, a fighter, and an unbelievable talent who impacted and changed all our lives. He loved to compete and run, and as heartbreaking as today is, we consider ourselves so fortunate to have been a part of this amazing animal’s life.”
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith rode Shared Belief in eight races, and called him, “one of the greatest and most special horses that I have ever ridden.”