Terrific Synergy Dies

Graded stakes winner Terrific Synergy died October 26.

November 1, 2012

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Terrific Synergy

Terrific Synergy, a Restricted Grade 2-winning earner of $288,066, was euthanized last Friday, October 26, due to founder.

Bred by The Parsons Family Trust of Sanger, California, Terrific Synergy was owned by Pat Guthrie and B.G. “Billy” Smith of Rancho Mirage, California. Foaled in 2009 in the first crop by champion FDD Dynasty, Terrific Synergy was the first starter from four named foals out of the Grade 1-winning Mr Jess Perry mare Terrific Energy ($181,919). Terrific Synergy also has a yearling filly by Walk Thru Fire and two weanlings, a colt by Corona Cartel and a filly by Valiant Hero.

The winner of the July 28 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2), Terrific Synergy compiled a 11-6-0-0 record, including finishing fourth in last year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and running in the Grade 1 Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities. Terrific Synergy started two races this year, finishing fifth in the September 23 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and fourth in his final race, an October 14 trial to the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

“The derby trial was a real atypical race for him,” Guthrie said. “He just didn’t run like he normally does – especially on the end, when he typically really comes on. So we wanted to find out if there was a problem and if so, what was wrong. We sent him to the (veterinary) hospital at San Luis Rey Downs. They drew blood and took cultures, and found a staph infection in his right rear hock.

“We began treating the infection, but in the meantime, ‘Synergy’ was favoring that right rear leg and spent so much time (supporting his weight) on his left leg that he foundered in his left hind foot. When that happened, we had to put him down.

“We hated to do that, but we couldn’t let him suffer,” Guthrie said. “He was such a great horse – and not only a great runner and a great racehorse, but he had such a great personality. I can’t speak for all of them, but he was like all the FDD Dynastys that I’ve had: They’re just great to be around, no problems, nothing like the firey kind of racehorses that people usually think about. Synergy was just great, like a pet, like one of the family, not just some horse. He was a good one. We miss him.”