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Two Million Winner I Like The Odds Dies

Spider bite seen as likely cause of laminitis.

January 15, 2012

I Like The Odds

I Like The Odds

Tom Bradbury, Kim Kessinger and Howard Nichols’ I Like The Odds, the winner of the 2011 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), was euthanized at San Luis Rey Equine Center on Friday following a brief battle with laminitis.

The laminitis is believed to have been the result of a necrotic spider bite suffered by I Like The Odds a few days after winning the $2,036,300 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. His Two Million win came in the richest race ever contested at Los Alamitos. This was also the second-richest race in the history of American Quarter Horse racing.

“We went from the highest high to the lowest low,” Kessinger said. “The cause of his death was laminitis, and Dr. Joe Cannon at San Luis Rey cannot scientifically say it was a spider bite. Dr. Rick Overly at Los Alamitos has had experience dealing and treating those types of bites, and he believes it was a spider bite. The way the skin just fell and flaked off it was typical of that type of a bite.

“Where the bite happened was about three inches below the back of his right knee. The leg then blew up to something huge. Finally it broke and then it just kept on deteriorating from that point on. He eventually got laminitis on both feet. It was a bad deal. Dr. Cannon did tell us that I Like The Odds was unbelievably tough and gutsy. He did not want to give up and kept trying to beat his illness. I’m proud of his toughness. It’s a very sad deal. That little horse had a bright future ahead of him.”

I Like The Odds won three of seven starts and earned $911,606 in his brief career. The son of Corona Cartel out of the stakes-winning Fancys First Affair was trained locally by Joe Bassett. I Like The Odds was the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association 2-year-old gelding of the year and also Los Alamitos’ top 2-year-old gelding as voted by the Quarter Horse racing media. I Like The Odds was bred by Bradbury and Kessinger.