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Once-Promising Colt Siphonic Dies

October 3, 2002

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Siphonic, considered one of the leading contenders for this year’s Triple Crown before injuring his leg, died from an apparent heart attack shortly after racing Wednesday.

The colt died moments after finishing second to Resolve in a seven-furlong allowance race on the opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

The race was Siphonic’s first since finishing third in the San Felipe Stakes on March 17.

Owned by John and Jerome Amerman and trained by David Hofmans, Siphonic won three of seven starts and earned $774,778.

The Kentucky-bred son of Siphon was sidelined after developing soreness in his right front ankle before the Kentucky Derby.

Siphonic established himself as a top Derby contender late last year by winning the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity and Hollywood Futurity and finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

He finished second behind Labamta Babe in the $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes on Jan. 19, when he stumbled badly at the start, and was third as the 2-5 favorite in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes.

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