Tuscan Evening dies of apparent heart attack at Del Mar

Aug 8th, 2010 | By TrackSide View | Category: Champions, Racetrack Reports

(Edited Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Tracksideview.com report)

DEL MAR, Calif. – Tuscan Evening, the winner of the Grade 3 Modesty Handicap at Arlington Park on July 17 in her most recent start, died of an apparent heart attack after a workout at Del Mar on Sunday, according to Del Mar officials.

tuscanwebThe five-year-old daughter of the English stallion Oasis Dream won six stakes for turf females this year and was a leading contender for the Eclipse Award as outstanding turf female.
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Tuscan Evening beats Eclair de Lune to win the Modesty Handicap on July 17 at Arlington Park.
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Tuscan Evening collapsed while galloping out after a six-furlong workout on turf in 1:15.60. She was being prepared for an expected start in the $750,000 Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 21.

Owner William de Burgh of Rancho Santa Fe bought Tuscan Evening while she was racing in Ireland and after racing her four times without a victory, making her winless in 11 starts in England and Ireland, he sent her to the United States in late 2008 to be trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. Under his care, she has won 12 times in 16 starts, running her career earnings to $1,138,508.

Hollendorfer said after the Modesty win that they would love to be back at Arlington for the Beverly D. “I would love to come back for the Beverly D. That’s why we came here to see if she likes the course and to see if she would ship well. We’d like to come back for that.”

An Irish-bred, Tuscan Evening began her career in England and Ireland, where she placed in five stakes, including a second in the Group 1 Irish 1000 Guineas. After she was transferred to Hollendorfer in California in late 2008, she won 12 of her next 16 starts and $1,055,655.

Prior to her Modesty victory, she won the Monrovia, Buena Vista, Santa Ana and Santa Barbara handicaps at Santa Anita, and the Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park, winning from 6 1/2 furlongs to a mile and a quarter.

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