Caixa Eletronica, winner of the 2012 Charles Town Classic and more than $1.8 million in purse earnings, died Saturday after colliding with another horse during morning exercises while training at Belmont Park in New York.
The 9-year-old chestnut horse died immediately after fracturing his skull while galloping on the training track and colliding with Six Drivers, a 4-year-old gelding who was running loose after unseating his exercise rider. Six Drivers suffered a neck fracture and also died immediately, according to Dr. Anthony Verderosa, chief examining veterinarian for the New York Racing Association.
Neither rider was seriously injured.
On April 14, 2012, Caixa Eletronica drew off in the final furlong of the $1 million Grade 2 Charles Town Classic and defeated defending champion Duke of Mischief by three lengths as the fifth betting choice at odds of 8-to-1.
In topping a full field of 10, the Kentucky-bred took home the $576,000 winner’s share of the purse for trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole after finishing the 1 1/8 mile race in 1 minute, 50.28 seconds.
Last year, the horse returned to Charles Town to defend his Classic crown, but was bumped at the start and faded to finish a well-beaten fifth behind reigning champion Game On Dude.
Caixa Eletronica won 23 races, including four graded stakes, in 69 career starts. – Jeff Brammer