Top Ranked Pacer Dies

Western Shooter, the top ranked three-year-old pacing colt, was euthanized for complications from toxemia.
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Western Shooter, the top ranked three-year-old pacing colt, was euthanized for complications from toxemia.

March 31, 2002 -- The top-ranked three-year-old pacing colt Western Shooter was euthanized at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Biederman Veterinary Clinic, Maidstone, Ontario.

The horse, who had not yet raced in 2002, was treated at Ohio State University Veterinary Clinic two weeks ago for a bump on his neck. Last Monday, he returned to Ontario where his condition deteriorated. He was diagnosed with toxemia and moved to the Biederman Clinic.

According to trainer and co-owner Bob McIntosh, Western Shooter appeared to rally and as recently as 3 p.m. on Saturday, there was optimism about his prognosis. But by early evening, the horse was in great distress and the decision was made to euthanize.

Western Shooter was co-owned by McIntosh, The CSX Stables of Ohio, Michael Koehler of Michigan and Walnut Hall Ltd. Named Canadian and U.S. Two Year Old Colt Pacer of the Year, Western Shooter won $904,000 last season and the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup.