BALTIMORE, OCT. 8 -- Wings Of Love, a $6,000 claimer, was destroyed today after breaking down in the first race at Pimlico. She was the second horse put down in eight racing days.
Trailing five horses, the 5-year-old mare broke a front ankle nearing the second turn of the 1 1/16-mile race -- close to the spot Dancing June broke down Sept. 29. Dancing June subsequently was destroyed.
Jockey Michael Hunter stood in the stirrups and attempted to pull up Wings Of Love; she slowed considerably, then broke her other front ankle. As she fell near the 7/16th-mile pole, Hunter leaped off, landed on his feet and tumbled. He was unhurt.
"She helped me out by slowing down and gave me a chance to get off," Hunter said. "But it was terrible; one ankle was held by the bandage, and the other just by skin.
"There didn't seem to be anything wrong with her going into the race. She warmed up beautifully. She was a little choppy during the race, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary."
Hunter, ninth in victories at Pimlico, has been thrown three times since the meeting resumed Sept. 8. His subsequent mount, Endless Wave, finished second in the fourth race.
Wings Of Love, owned by Sy Goldstein and trained by Charles Castrenze, won six of 54 lifetime starts and earned $37,696.
ABC will televise the $750,000 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel Oct. 31.
The live telecast will air during ABC's "College Football Today," between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Dave Johnson is scheduled to call the 1 1/4-mile turf race; Jack Whitaker and Charlsie Cantey will provide race coverage.