Patrick J Battuello

Here Comes Drz Dead at Charles Town

In Dead Athletes on April 19, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I was able to confirm that 5-year-old Here Comes Drz was euthanized after breaking down Tuesday at Charles Town. Here is the career claimer’s recent history:

On September 14th of last year, Here Comes Drz is sold by Our Sugar Bear Stable to Dario Vasquez; trainer Catherine Somers takes over for Bruce Brown. Price: $7,500.

On January 18th of this year, Here Comes Drz is sold to Nickel Dime Stable; Michael Pino replaces Somers. Price: $7,500.

Sometime between March 1st and April 15th, Here Comes Drz is sold to Adam Ingram; Lewis Craig replaces Pino. On the day he died, Here Comes Drz was going for $4,500.

Four different trainer/owner teams in seven months – for a horse who was not done growing. “Connections” caring about their charges? Please.

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Recovered Dies on Day 1 at Finger Lakes

In Dead Athletes on April 19, 2014 at 8:18 am

Finger Lakes Racetrack wasted little time in recording its first victim of the brand-new 2014 meet: 3-year-old Recovered suffered a slab fracture in the 3rd race yesterday and was subsequently killed. The thing is, if not for NY’s unique database, Recovered’s death would never have come to light; in fact, the chart shows her as finishing, with no indication of an injury – not pulled-up, not eased, not vanned off. In other words, there are anonymous horses dying back in the barn, off our radar, off anyone’s radar. They simply disappear, just the way racing wants it. Dead horses are bad for business.

Recovered was trained and owned by Donna Bireta and ridden by Jeremias Flores. She was running in a $5,000 claiming race – “for sale” the day she died. This is horseracing.

American Iron Dead at Finger Lakes

In Dead Athletes on April 18, 2014 at 3:48 pm

On Tuesday, 4-year-old American Iron perished while practicing at Finger Lakes. The Stephen Ubbink-trained filly had been under the whip six times, all in 2013, and had earned but $4,300. To racing, no great loss. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 24.

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