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Undefeated Illtacmanhattan succumbs to laminitis


August 12, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Illtacmanhattan (#1) and jockey Nikeela Black sprint to their sixth win, in the Bitterroot Futurity trials on July 9
(photo by Robert Cooke, Jr.)
Sandy and Denny Weigt’s spectacular 2-year-old Quarter Horse Illtacmanhattan took ill following her Bitterroot Futurity win and later developed laminitis. She was put down early this week, according to her trainer, Monty Arrossa.

Illtacmanhattan gained the respect and admiration of racing fans and horsemen by winning all seven of her races, including three stakes races at three racetracks: the $63,250 Beehive Futurity (Laurel Brown Racetrack, May 28), the $44,010 John Deere Sandy Downs Juvenile Challenge (Sandy Downs, June 25), and the $103,452 Bitterroot Futurity (Les Bos Park, July 23). In addition to winning three stakes trials and three stakes, she won her first race ever—a maiden race at Emmett, Idaho, on April 16.

The California-bred filly by Tac It Like A Man out of A Tiny Bit More (by Strawfly Special) had climbed to #11 in the most recent national AQHA poll of 2-year-olds.

"We noticed she wasn't quite right the day after the Bitterroot," said Arrossa. "We sent her to Idaho Equine Hospital, where they diagnosed a respiratory infection. She seemed to be healing from that, but then she developed laminitis."

"We're just all in shock," Arrossa added. "You go from the euphoria of a win like the Bitterroot, to this . . . it's just very hard."