Yesterday afternoon at Laurel Park (race 9), 6-year-old Blues Heir broke down in her 45th start. Later in the day at Delta Downs (race 3), 2-year-old Andrew’s Rose, running for the first time, “bolted on the turn then stopped badly and returned bleeding.” And in the Charles Town night card (race 4), 3-year-old Mi Cinco D Mayo “was bumped hard…dropped back…and returned bleeding.” This is horseracing.
Saturday at Aqueduct, 2-year-old Long Island Lee fractured a leg and was killed back at the barn. The filly was trained by Rick Violette Jr. Mr. Violette has now lost eight horses in NY since 2009; at the times of their deaths, nary a one was physically mature.
3-year-old Snipe, 7/21/09, Aqueduct, “bleeding as result of pelvic fx”
4-year-old Air Space, 4/23/10, Aqueduct, “training”
3-year-old Sequoya Mountain, 7/16/10, Aqueduct, “fx pelvis”
3-year-old Too Big to Fail, 10/30/10, Aqueduct, “fx RH cannon bone”
3-year-old New Pais, 1/23/11, Aqueduct, “fx both RF sesamoids”
2-year-old October First, 10/15/11, Aqueduct, “adverse drug treatment reaction”
2-year-old Spurious Precision, 9/18/12, Aqueduct, “fx L knee”
Saturday, in Charles Town’s 4th race, 8-year-old Sir Jock broke down and died. (Although Equibase stopped at “broke down,” I confirmed his death with the West Virginia vet’s office.) It was the gelding’s 82nd outing. 82nd. Here is how he arrived there:
debut, 9/1/07: trainer, Dale Romans; owner, Ed Edelberg
sold prior to 1/5/08: new owner, Purdedel Stable
claimed for $5,000 on 11/6/09: new trainer, Joe Woodard; new owner, Billy Hays
claimed for $7,500 on 12/18/09: new trainer, Jeff Talley; new owner, Texas Toyco LLC
claimed for $7,500 on 7/3/10: new trainer, Terry Berns; new owner, Theodore Mizerak
claimed for $5,000 on 11/3/10: new trainer, Vernon Coyle; new owner, Virginia Heizer
sold prior to 5/17/11: new owners, David Wilson and Vernon Coyle
sold prior to 4/13/12: new trainer, Laura Bealmear; new owner, Freddy Lewis
sold prior to 11/22/12: new owner, Laura Bealmear
claimed for $6,000 on 7/20/13: new trainer, Stephanie Beattie; new owner, Marion Wells
7 trainers, 10 owners, 17 tracks, 9 states
So, Mr. Romans, Mr. Edelberg, Mr. Woodard, Mr. Hays, Mr. Talley, Mr. Berns, Mr. Mizerak, Mr. Coyle, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Wilson, Ms. Bealmear, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Beattie, and Mr. Wells, was Sir Jock ever “like a part of your family”?
Also from the weekend:
Penn National’s racing office said this of 3-year-old Lucky Guess, vanned off after Friday’s 9th race: “Unfortunately, the horse is deceased.” This was the filly’s second consecutive DNF (6/28), both at Penn. In her other two starts, Lucky Guess finished 7th of 8 and 9th of 9. She was ridden by Felix Pinero, trained by Gary Craig, and owned by Sabina Abell.
Saturday at Evangeline, 5-year-old Allthatjazz perished in a $3,500 claiming race. The Quarter Horse was ridden by Shandy Salgado, trained by Oscar Lopez, and owned by Jose Reyes.
And finally, there is this from Zia on Saturday: In the 7th race, 9-year-old, yes 9-year-old, Iniquitous Kid, making his 63rd start, was “taken up in the stretch and vanned off.” Two races later, 2-year-old Ask the Ghost Nice, running for the first time, was “taken up down the backstretch and vanned off.” Young, old, it matters not; racing breaks them all.