Vets dispute report on Alydar

November 18, 1992|By Knight-Ridder

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Two veterinarians who attended to Alydar in his final hours have disputed renewed insinuations that the horse's injury was not accidental.

An article in the Nov. 16 Sports Illustrated is the most recent to raise questions that the injury, which resulted in Alydar's death, was caused deliberately so Calumet Farm could collect $36.5 million in insurance in an effort to salvage its desperate financial situation.

Dr. William Baker and Dr. Larry Bramlage, who performed surgery on Alydar in November 1990 after the horse was found in his stall with a broken leg, said those insinuations are ridiculous.

"Everything they're saying is wrong," Baker said.

"Economically and medically, it doesn't make sense," Bramlage said.

Others in the horse industry said that Alydar was more valuable alive than dead. The stallion was bred to as many as 100 mares TC year for fees estimated at $12 million annually.

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