Oaks elimination winner Spirit To Win dies in jogging accident

from the USTA Communications Department

Columbus, OH — Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner Spirit To Win died Monday in a jogging accident, according to a tweet posted by All American Harnessbreds, which is headed by Spirit To Win’s breeder and co-owner Fred Hertrich III.

“We are extremely sad to announce that our filly and 2015 Hambo Oaks elim winner Spirit to Win died this morning in a jogging accident,” tweeted Hertrich.

Hertrich shared ownership on Spirit To Win (Cantab Hall-Celebrity Spirit) with Noblock Racing Stable. Trained by Dustin Jones, she had five wins in 11 career starts with $185,630 in earnings.

Jones told Standardbred Canada’s Trot Insider that Spirit To Win was getting hitched to a jog cart when she was startled, reared up and fell on groom Tyler Jones, who was holding the filly’s halter. The fall reportedly caused a ruptured artery in one of Spirit To Win’s lungs.

Spirit To Win and driver Brett Miller scored in 1:52.2 to win the second Hambletonian Oaks elimination this past Saturday.

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