Trainer Ondrej Gois has confirmed with Trot Insider that his popular eight-year-old Zooka was euthanized Monday, July 5 after having cracked a pastern
Saturday, July 3 at Mohawk Racetrack.
From 159 career starts, Zooka, a gelded son of Astreos, compiled a record of 25 wins, 31 second-place finishes and 28 third-place efforts.
Sold at the 2003 Canadian Classic Yearling Sale for $24,000, Zooka went on to earn over $1.3 million throughout his racing career.
Zooka, who will always be remembered as one of the fastest free-legged pacers in the history of the sport, took his mark of 1:49.3 over the five-eighths mile Kawartha Downs oval at the age of five.
Zooka struck a couple of substantial pay days throughout his career, the first being his second-place finish in the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals in his three-year-old season, and later, at age five, when he finished a close third behind Artistic Fella and Mister Big in the Breeders Crown.
Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the connections of Zooka.