Triple Crown winner Supreme Soul may never race again as he faces the possibility of being put down after being quarantined in the United States. Champion trainer Anthony 'Baba' Nunes' told RJR Sports that Supreme Soul could be euthanized on the instructions of owner Chevan Maraj.
The Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is refusing the 4 year old chestnut colt re-entry to the island after he contracted tic fever following his participation in the December 8 Caribbean Classic at Gulfstream Park in Florida.
Chairman of the Jamaica Veterinary Commission Dr St Aubyn Bartlett was left puzzled by the decision of the Veterinary Services Division. Supreme Soul was scheduled to return to the island shortly after the Caribbean Classic, but his return date was pushed back to January 13 after he was held in quarantine in the united States.
According to Nunes, the US authorities have said they cannot procure the treatment until March. Nunes revealed that the owner cannot afford the quarantine fee from last November to March which would amount to approximately US $40,000 or over JA $5.6 million, adding that other actions may have to be taken.
Trinidad Derby winner Juice Man who was formerly conditioned by Nunes and also competed in the Caribbean Classic and contracted tic fever, was back in Trinidad two days after the event.