“Hearts Are Broken”: Heartache in the Horse Racing World as Beloved Grade 3 Stakes Winner Passes Away

Published 09/25/2023, 6:03 PM EDT

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The horse racing world received the saddening news of the demise of Grade 3 Stakes winner NoBody Listens. After displaying a furious performance at Parx, the five-year-old was going back home when he lost his life in a trailer incident. Trainer Tim Eggleston was excited about the gelding’s win at the Turf Monster and was looking forward to participating him at the Breeder’s Cup.

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Nobody Listens took the lead at the beginning of the  $250,000 Turf Monster Stakes under Tyler Gaffalione. He maintained his lead throughout the race and pushed for a powerful stretch in the last stage of the race to win it by a distance of three lengths. The win gave hope to the trainer and the owners but they never knew that this would be his last race.

The tragic news of the passing of Nobody Listens leaves the horse racing world in shock

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According to DRF, after winning the Grade 3 Turf Monster Stakes at Parx on Saturday, the horse was transferred back to his home base in Horseshoe Indianapolis. According to his trainer Tim Eggleston, the gelding was in its trailer, and on a highway near Columbus, Ohio, he got spooked by a loud breaking sound from a semi-truck that stood near the trailer. From that loud sound, Nobody Listens slipped in his box stall and hit something which resulted in severing an artery. The incident saddened the trainer and the owners who had hopes for the Breeder’s Cup.

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Speaking on the incident, Eggleston said that it was a tough day for them. He further said remembering his last race, “Every time he ran, he got better. His last two, three, or four races were just phenomenal. This was probably his biggest test“.

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Nobody Listens was owned by Kwiatkowski, Matt, and Browning, Roger D. The gelding was purchased by Matt Kwiatkowski at Ocala Breeder’s Sale Spring Sale in the year 2020 for $40,000.

The saddening news of the horse’s demise was shared by co-owner Matt Kwiatkowski on social media. He said that the owners loved and cherished every moment they had shared with the gelding. He further said, “Our hearts are broken as we share this tragic news. Thank you to all who supported and helped make him who he was“. Nobody Listens has given many cherished moments to his owner and trainer during his racing career which they will remember.

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Nobody Listens’s Horse Racing Career

Nobody Listens was the son of Conveyance and Royalesque. He started his horse racing career back in 2020 and had his maiden win in the year 2021 at Horseshoe Indianapolis. In his entire career, he had twenty-six starts, of which he won fourteen, claimed a second spot in seven, and placed third in one. He raced at many prestigious tracks and had stakes wins this year like Parx Dash, Brickyard, and Big Daddy. The five-year-old gelding was bred by Southern Chase Farm, Inc., Karen Dodd & Greg Dodd, and was brought by present owners as a two-year-old. In his entire career, Nobody Listen earned $704,230.

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The news of the demise of the five-year-old gelding is indeed tragic. He has shown in his last races his potential and capability and was a true competitor for the Breeder’s Cup.

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Saiful Khan

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Saiful is an American Sports writer at Essentially Sports who specializes in Rodeo and equestrian. His passion for sports extends to the field of equestrianism and is fascinated by the speed of horses as he is by the wrath of bull riding. Being an avid sports enthusiast, Saiful is a big admirer of the mastery of British equestrian Charlotte Dujardin.
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