We American racing fans, that is. We’d just met Mars during his final race, so I’ve been wondering if we could have acknowledged his passing better than we did?
First, I would like to offer our deepest sympathies to his connections: trainer Mike de Kock and his team, original trainer Aidan O’Brien and the staff at Ballydoyle and Mars’s owners — both past and present — and jockey Richard Hughes, who also receives “heal up soon” wishes.
29/3 Dubai Sheema Classic Mars – Richard Hughes Sadly pulled up after 2F Fatal Heart Attack RIP little man. pic.twitter.com/Bj7TmQFvTD
— HorseRacing Memorial (@HorseRacingRIP) March 29, 2014
The Irish-bred four-year-old by Galileo out of Massarra was originally destined to run in the Dubai World Cup, as was mentioned in the British racing press.