ARCADIA, Calif. — Mongolian Groom, a 4-year-old gelding, was euthanized Saturday at Santa Anita Park after breaking its left hind leg during the final race of the two-day Breeders’ Cup.
Jockey Abel Cedillo, who was riding Mongolian Groom during the featured $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, pulled up the horse on the final stretch.
Mongolian Groom was loaded onto a van, which drove the horse to be evaluated by a team of veterinarians who determined the horse could not be saved, according to a Breeders’ Cup statement.
“The death of Mongolian Groom is a loss to the entire horse racing community,’’ the statement read. “Our equine and human athletes’ safety is the Breeders’ Cup’s top priority. We have worked closely with Santa Anita leading up to the World