The CHRB has confirmed that 3-year-old Soar Home was euthanized Sunday after fracturing a shoulder while practicing at Golden Gate. The Ed Moger-trained filly was last raced on the 18th (the same race that saw Jennakins perish). In the two starts before that – both under Moger – Soar Home finished 24 1/2 lengths back on May 3rd and was pulled up and vanned off on June 5th.
Also, in its most recent Stewards Minutes (Oct 25), Santa Anita reports two dead horses for the week. Alas, they are anonymous. This is horseracing.
Here is an active “For Sale” ad for a 5-year-old gelding named Qu:
“A gorgeous, well balanced horse with a great shoulder, neck and topline. He is also super friendly and quiet. This guy is lightly raced but has not shown much potential for it. According to his trainer, in March he sustained an injury to his left hind leg from kicking through a stall wall, and then getting stuck in the hole and slicing his leg down to the bone is [sic] trying to pull it out. Although there is still scarring, he said the leg is completely healed now and he is sound on it despite the cosmetic changes. Indeed, Qu has raced twice since the injury.
His trainer says he is a kind and well mannered horse who has no vices and he feels Qu would make a wonderful pleasure horse, but could also be shown. He was very quiet for his pictures but the dreary day didn’t do justice to his lovely coat. Such a nice boy, come see him in person and decide for yourself, and please don’t let the cosmetic scars on his leg stop you from giving him the good home and new career that he deserves.” (pics here)
In both of Qu’s races (last month at Finger Lakes) after “slicing his leg down to the bone,” he finished dead-last – 28 lengths back in the first, 50 – yes, 50 – in the second. This, of course, explains the “not much potential for racing.”
To trainer/owner Eduardo Maver, I ask: Has not this pitiful animal endured enough on your watch? Compassion here would be an immediate and free – preferably with a donation – retirement to a reputable rescue. Anything short is unconscionable. We all have better angels, Mr. Maver, we need only let them out.
Back in September, I wrote about a 3-year-old gelding who had been raced on back-to-back days – in two separate states. Since then, life has not improved for Irish-born Floating Ballerino. Still in the hands of trainer Janet Elliot and owner Gregory Hawkins, FB was recently raced three times in 18 days: 10/1 and 10/10 at Laurel, 10/18 at the Far Hills (NJ) Steeplechase. In the last, he “was through after a mile, fell back…pulled up before the last jump.” DNF. In all, Floating Ballerino was put to track five times in a little over five weeks. And there is no end in sight. This is horseracing.
“Oh no!” And so exclaimed the track announcer when 3-year-old Cloud Cutter broke down (he can be presumed dead) midway through the 4th race Sunday night at Mountaineer. He went on: “There’s a bad fall there. Cloud Cutter, the odds-on favorite, came down.” That, of course, would be the last word we would receive on the doomed colt. Replay here (Cloud Cutter crumples around 1:09).
An unnamed 2-year-old filly “collapsed and died” while training at Belmont Saturday morning. 2-year-old horses – the rough equivalent of 2nd-grade children – should not, of course, just collapse and die, but fret not – the Gaming Commission assures that the “investigation continues.” Incidentally, trainer Tom Morley conveniently omits any mention of his dead horse on his Twitter feed.
In Belmont’s just-concluded “Fall Championship Meet” (Sep 5th-Oct 26th), 12 Thoroughbreds perished either racing or training (another, Perfect Danger, was felled by laminitis). In all, Belmont has lost 38 since the year began. This is horseracing.