Havnameltdown was a 3-year-old colt that was born in 2020. Its jockey was Luis Saez and its breeder was Katherine S Devall. The horse had three owners namely, Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson & Paul Weitman. Its trainer was Bob Baffert, who got emotional after Saturday’s unfortunate incident.

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Luis Saez is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing from Panama City, Panama.

Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman are three Arizona businessmen who have been partners in a number of horses trained by Bob Baffert.

Watson, a Tucson resident who was born and raised in Missouri, is the owner of several auto businesses. Weitman, a native of Georgia who moved to Tucson in 1977, is the owner of numerous auto dealerships.

While growing up in Indiana, Pegram developed a passion for racing. He is a partner in Reno, Nevada casinos and owns roughly 20 McDonald’s locations in Arizona.

Bob Baffert’s horse Havnameltdown was making headway towards the front of the field when he faltered on a bend. Luis Saez, the rider, lost control and crashed to the ground. Saez was “stable and conscious” following the fall, according to a statement from 1/ST Racing, and was brought to Sinai Hospital for additional assessment.

A team of veterinarians led by Dionne Benson evaluated Havnameltdown after it proceeded to trot into the straight path. The American Association of Equine Practitioners’ on-call veterinarian, Scott Hay, informed his colleagues of the horse’s demise.

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“Unfortunately, Havnameltdown went bad at the top of the stretch, you saw it around the turn and he sustained a really severe injury of his left front ankle,” he said. “It was to such an extent that it was basically impossible to transport him and they had to euthanize him humanely on the grounds immediately.”

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Said Baffert: “We never had an issue with him. We are so careful with all these horses, and it still happens. It is something that is disheartening. … There is nothing worse than coming back and the stall is empty. He is a nice horse. He could not have been doing any better. It’s sickening. I am in shock.”