The initial running of the 6 1/2-furlong, $500,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint, the world’s richest prep for the new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, was easily won by the filly Moonlight Romance, the second horse to win at the meet after last running at Royal Ascot.
The race was marred when Chattel, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, went down in the stretch. Sovereign Impact, who finished third, was disqualified by stewards and placed last among the finishers for interfering with Chattel, who was euthanized on the track after fracturing his right shoulder in the fall caused by clipping heels. Carmouche was loaded into an ambulance and taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in north Nashville for further evaluation after saying his leg was bothering him.
A Skyline representative told Kentucky Downs that the hospital couldn’t give out details but that Carmouche is “doing well and he’s stable and in no distress at all. He’s going to be fine.”
Trained by Wesley Ward, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Moonlight Romance was last seen finishing 13th of 28 in the Windsor Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 23. Ward also campaigns Bound for Nowhere, who won the $750,000 Tourist Mile Stakes at the track last Saturday after finishing a close third at Royal Ascot in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.