Michael Owen’s horse Brown Panther dies at Irish St. Leger

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NEWBRIDGE, Ireland — Brown Panther, a horse part-owned by former England striker Michael Owen, died after a serious injury in the Irish St. Leger on Sunday.

The Tom Dascombe-trained 7-year-old Brown Panther was bidding to repeat his 2014 victory in The Curragh classic but he was suddenly pulled up by jockey Richard Kingscote around the halfway point with a broken hind leg.

After Brown Panther was euthanized, Owen described it as the “saddest day of my life.”

“The toughest, most honest, most brilliant horse I will ever set eyes on passed away today doing the thing he loved most,” the former Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United player write in an online post. “A shattered hind leg that was irreparable according to the first class team at The Curragh ended his life.”

Brown Panther won 11 of 28 starts, earning more than $1.5 million in prize money.

Career highlights include winning the 2011 King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Dubai Gold Cup in March. He also raced in Australia, France and the United States.

“I was with him when he was born, shared an experience for 7 years that will never be repeated and gave him his last kiss goodbye,” Owen wrote. “What an honor to own and breed him. I love you Panther, life will not be the same without you.”

Arabian Knight off Kentucky Derby trail; will return later

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Arabian Knight is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Wagering has been suspended on the 3-year-old colt for the Derby’s future wager after owner Amr Zedan announced the decision. Arabian Knight was the second choice on the morning line behind favorite Forte for the May 6 race.

“Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work & we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush & allow him more time to develop,” Zedan tweeted. “We know he’s a superior talent & our plan is to point him toward a summer and fall campaign.”

Purchased for $2.3 million as a 2-year-old, Arabian Knight won his debut by 7 1/4 lengths at Keeneland last November. He made his 3-year-old debut in the Southwest at Oaklawn in January and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Arabian Knight had his third workout at Santa Anita.

Tapit Trice wins Tampa Bay Derby, earns Kentucky Derby points

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tapit Trice rallied from last to win the $360,000 Tampa Bay Derby by two lengths and earn qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.

Ridden by Luis Saez, Tapit Trice ran 1 1/16 miles 1:43.37. The 1-2 favorite in the field of 12 paid $3 to win. The 3-year-old colt earned 50 qualifying points, which places him in the 20-horse field for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher extended his record for most wins in the Grade 3 race to six. He already has the early Kentucky Derby favorite in Forte, who won the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream last weekend.

Classic Car Wash was second and Classic Legacy was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

Tapit Trice was making his stakes debut after winning two of three starts.

“Once he got clear down the lane, he really extended himself,” Pletcher said. ”I loved the way he finished up. He relished the two turns, and the longer he goes, the better he’ll get.”