Keeneland Issues Statement Regarding Stella d’Oro

(The Keeneland Starting Gate / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Statement from Keeneland Equine Safety Director Dr. George Mundy on the fatal injury to Stella d’Oro in today’s fourth race:

 Keeneland is saddened by the loss of Stella d’Oro, who was euthanized after sustaining a catastrophic injury in today’s fourth race.

Fast Dreamer was vanned off following the fifth race. The filly sustained an injury to her right front leg and was taken to her barn for further evaluation.

Keeneland remains committed to the welfare of all involved in this sport we love so much. The safety of the horses and riders participating at Keeneland is priority No. 1. Keeneland has instituted some of the strongest safety and integrity protocols in the nation, and we are a leading advocate for further reforms to make the sport as safe as possible.

In addition to the investigation conducted by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, which includes a forensic necropsy, Keeneland will conduct an independent review of the incident, the results of which will be published when completed.

For an overview of Keeneland’s safety protocols and initiatives, visit



The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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