Updates on Epicenter and Domestic Spending

November 6, 2022

Epicenter in his last breeze before at Keeneland the Classic. Coady Photography

Past The Wire Staff
UPDATED 11/7/2022 2:52 PM

Epicenter, the 3YO son of Not This Time out of Candy Ride (ARG) mare Silent Candy, was injured in the Longines Breeder’s Cup Classic. Joel Rosario was in the irons for the Classic.

The bay colt has won six of his eleven starts with three seconds making eight starts this year with his last win in the Runhappy Travers at Saratoga on Aug. 27.

Epicenter is owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and was bred by Westwind Farms. 

Statement from Steve Asmussen on Epicenter:

“Epicenter had a lateral condylar fracture of his right front. This morning, Dr. Larry Bramlage inserted two screws to stabilize the injury and the horse is up and resting in his stall. After surgery, Dr. Bramlage and the Rood and Riddle team are very happy with how the surgery went and the prognosis is excellent for him to be a healthy sire.

Ron Winchell, David Fiske and myself want to expressly thank Joel Rosario for getting him pulled up, the on-site veterinarians, Dr. Nick Smith, who treated Epicenter on the track, and Dr. Stuart Brown, who coordinated Epicenter’s transportation from the racetrack, with a police escort, directly to Rood and Riddle, Keeneland, and my assistants Scott Blasi and Sarah Campion who stayed with Epicenter. 

Enough cannot be said how thankful we are for everybody’s urgency to ensure Epicenter’s well-being and everything that was put in place to make the diagnosis for the on-site care, the transportation, Dr. Bramlage meeting him at the clinic, and then the care he has received at Rood and Riddle by the entire staff.”

Domestic Spending in his Nov. 2 work at Keeneland. Coady Photography

5YO gelding Domestic Spending (GB), by Kingman (GB) out of Street Cry (IRE) mare Urban Castle was injured in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile on Saturday. He is owned by Klaravich Stables, Inc. and was ridden by Flavien Prat. Below is an update Tweeted today by trainer Chad Brown.

Domestic Spending has six wins from his nine starts with a second and third place with his last win being at Belmont Park June 5, 2021, in the Manhattan. He ran second in the Mr. D Stakes (formerly the Arlington Million) the last installment of the race at Arlington Park. The Mile was the gelding’s first and only start this year.

Breeders’ Cup Statement:

Domestic Spending (14) was pulled up by rider Flavien Prat after appearing off in the left hind limb during the Breeders’ Cup Mile. The horse was immediately attended to by an expert team of veterinarians led by KHRC Chief Veterinarian Dr. Nick Smith and was transported back to his barn by equine ambulance for evaluation by attending veterinarian Dr. Bo Landry. Domestic Spending was radiographed and does not appear to have a lower limb fracture. At this time, he is being stabilized for transfer to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital for further evaluation.

Tweet from Chad Brown:


Tyler’s Tribe, who was leading in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint until 3/8 of a mile was also pulled up in his race on Friday, due to Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH). He was vanned off. This was the first time the 2YO gelding ran without Lasix. 

Tyler’s Tribe is doing well! They’re giving him a few weeks off and then he’ll start getting ready for the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn.

The son of Sharp Azteca out of the Mission Impazible mare Impazible Woman was undefeated coming into the Breeders’ Cup. An Iowa-bred, Tyler’s Tribe is trained by Timothy Martin who is also part owner with Thomas Lepic. 

Jockey Kylee Jordan was up in the race and smartly pulled the gelding up when she sensed trouble.

We, at Past The Wire, wish all of these equine athletes quick healing and a full recovery.

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  1. Ty Nazarenus Nov 6, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Please keep posting with updates on Domestic Spending. Not as big of a name as some, but just as important to the sport and fans hearts.

    1. Mary Kalinich Nov 7, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      We sure will as soon as we hear anything. Thanks so much for the comment.

  2. Concetta Longo Nov 7, 2022 at 11:36 am

    All of my equine friends were there; some won, some lost these races.
    I sincerely hope that Tyler’s Tribe, Epicenter and Domestic Spending are the recipients of a good and speedy recovery.
    However, if these magnificent thoroughbreds cannot race anymore, then, let them enjoy their next phase of life….
    That is, in the breeder’s shed to produce many talented and beautiful offspring.
    Horses are my bff’s…now and forever!!!!!!

    1. Mary Kalinich Nov 7, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      I think Tyler’s Tribe will be OK. IMO he might have won if on Lasix. Epicenter should be OK but we’ll see about racing. I’m most concerned about Domestic Spending. With a pelvic fracture he may not be able to race again and some second careers could be tricky. But I think he would make a gorgeous dressage horse. Thanks so much for your comments.

  3. Amy Heimann Nov 7, 2022 at 4:42 pm

    This is a reply to Mary Kalinich, who responded to a couple of posts. She was replying to Concetta Longo who was worried, as am I, about the horses injured in this years Breeders Cup. Mary gave good explanations for Tyler’s Tribe and Epicenter. Just wanted to say I’d like to hear more about how Domestic Spending is doing. Do not think a pelvic fracture (fingers / paws crossed he survives) will be a concern for him in the breeding shed, as to the best of my knowledge DS is a gelding.

    1. Mary Kalinich Nov 14, 2022 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Amy,

      I got a good chuckle out of my “ignorance” on Domestic Spending. Right you are about him being a gelding. Thanks for setting me straight. Hope he makes a nice dressage horse. Best regards.

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