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Posted 2021-09-23 16:10:22  
Dual American Gp 1 Winner Santa Barbara dead after Injury

Santa Barbara, one of Ballydoyle's brightest talents, has died after a pelvic injury worsened on Wednesday night, the star filly's trainer Aidan O'Brien has revealed.

Always held in the highest regard by connections, the exciting daughter of Camelot was ruled out of a tilt at the Breeders' Cup earlier this week. The top three-year-old was being treated for a fractured pelvis but was unable to be saved after further complications arose.

Bred by Aidan and wife Annemarie O'Brien's Whisperview Trading operation, Santa Barbara impressed when landing back-to-back Grade 1s in America this summer at Belmont and Arlington Park.

O'Brien told the Racing Post on Thursday: "Santa Barbara fractured her pelvis and unfortunately the fracture displaced overnight. It's obviously a real shame for everyone. She was a very talented filly."

A half-sister to Breeders' Cup winners Iridessa and Order Of Australia, Santa Barbara was memorably sent off 5-2 joint-favourite for the 1,000 Guineas after winning a Curragh maiden on her only start as a two-year-old.

She finished fourth to stablemate Mother Earth at Newmarket before failing to stay when fifth behind Snowfall in the Oaks and then ran Thundering Nights close in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh.

Holding a rating of 116 after her wins in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational Stakes and Beverly D. Stakes, Santa Barbara raced for the Coolmore partners and Westerberg, the racing operation of Georg von Opel. In just six lifetime starts – of which she won three – Santa Barbara earned £534,541.

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