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Brown Bottle Flu dies as the result of racing injury
Sunday, February 28, 2010 - by Diane Storm

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Brown Bottle Flu died as the result of a shattered rear leg sustained in the first race at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, Feb. 27.

courtesy: Diane Storm
Brown Bottle Flu was mortally injured in Saturday’s first race at Yonkers Raceway
Driven by Brandon Simpson, the 8-year-old gelding earned $290,003, pacing to a lifetime mark of 1:50.2 and 17 wins, 37 seconds and 15 thirds in 135 career starts. Sired by Sportsmaster and out of Happily Bombed (by Dexter Nukes), he was owned by Michigan’s Mark Ver Hage, Barbara Wohlgemuth and Suzan Breuker.

During his career, Brown Bottle Flu battled against the Illinois-bred Free For Allers and upper class conditioned races.

He will be remembered as a wonderful family horse who taught paddock visitors and 4-H guests lessons in how to get ready to race on race night. He almost always sported lucky red ribbons in his dark mane, and was ready to show them off in the winner’s circle.


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