Permian suffers fatal injury during the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park

William Buick | Racing Post

William Buick | Racing Post

Jockey William Buick is in hospital after his mount Permian died in the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington in the USA.

The Mark Johnston-trained colt had to be put down when the three-year-old son of Teofilo sustained a broken leg in the mile-and-a-quarter Grade One at the IL circuit. Buick, conscious but in pain, was loaded onto an ambulance and taken to Northwest Community Hospital, and according to he was diagnosed with a fractured T-12 vertebrae in his lower back.

Charlie Johnston, who is also the Middleham handler's son, told Press Association Sport: "We've lost the horse".

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The tragic incident left Johnston's assistant trainer and son, Charlie, understandably shaken. "I've spoken to him today and he is in good spirits". He suffered a catastrophic fracture of his left fore. Walter Buick said on Sunday, "William is going to have a second scan and hopefully they can get him on a flight home later today".

Victor of the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the Dante at York, Permian had developed into a tough and classy performer, and was victorious on six of his 14 career starts. Permian was humanely euthanized'.

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