The news from Ireland this morning is tragic. The long-suffering but hard-fighting champion Thoroughbred colt St Nicholas Abbey has been euthanized following colic surgery.
The most recent report from the Fethard Equine Hospital, where he remained a patient, showed the horse walking in foot casts. Reports of new hoof growth were a cause for celebration by his fans and followers.
But it was not to be. This morning Coolmore Stud shared this news report:
"Regretfully St Nicholas Abbey has lost his brave battle after suffering a colic this morning. Surgery revealed a severe strangulating colon torsion that was unviable and he had to be euthanized on humane grounds.
"This is extremely unfortunate as St Nicholas Abbey had been in terrific form, the laminitis was resolving very well and the fracture had healed better than expected.
"Coolmore would like to thank the surgeons, the international experts and all the staff at Fethard Equine Hospital who gave him such excellent care 24/7.
"We would also like to thank the multitude of well-wishers for all the cards and messages of support for St Nicholas Abbey. He will be buried in the graveyard here at Coolmore."
"Rest in peace" just doesn't seem to cover it as a way to say good-bye. St Nicholas Abbey deserves to be remembered as a horse who captivated our hearts on the track and in the hospital. His fight was inspirational. I hope his legend will live; his story is made for Hollywood, except for this tragically sad ending.
Thanks to everyone who helped him along the way, and to Coolmore for reporting conscientiously and honestly on his injuries and condition since the original fracture.
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