Promising Juvenile The Chilli Man Euthanized In Oregon

The Chilli Man sparkled on his debut at Emerald Downs, earning an 81 Beyer speed figure (fourth highest of juvenile runners across the country at the time) and trumping a field of other 2-year-olds by 11 1/2 lengths. That June 26 race, in which he covered 4 1/2 furlongs in the near-record time of :50.22 over the Oregon oval, sparked interest in the son of Trappe Shot from across the country, said owner Heidi Nelson and trainer Monique Snowden.

According to various reports, a deal to purchase the colt was made by east coast connections Kathy Ritvo and Dean Reeves, provided that he passed a veterinary exam following his next scheduled start. That race would be the $ 50,000 Emerald Express Stakes this Sunday, and it would be the colt’s last.

The Chilli Man did not break sharply, and entering the far turn he appeared to suffer a misstep. He was pulled up immediately by jockey Joe Steiner and vanned back to the barn area. It was later confirmed that he had suffered a bilateral sesamoid fracture, and the promising colt was euthanized.

“He didn’t come out of the gates well, and he didn’t feel good to me down the backside,” Steiner said . “When he took a bad step, I knew I had to pull him up. It just breaks my heart when that kind of stuff happens.”

Kathy Reeves took to Twitter shortly after the race to express her grief over the colt’s fate:

Watch The Chilli Man’s debut victory here:

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