The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Classy Cara was killed while training at Belmont Thursday. She was three and had been under the whip nine times.
3-year-old Accolade being punched – yes, punched – repeatedly (I count four plus a shove for good measure) for “acting up” prior to the 5th at Delaware Park yesterday:
Accolade’s Equibase note, by the way: “ACCOLADE was fractious in the gate then bobbled at the start, was forwardly placed then weakened.” Yes, “bobbled” from being beaten up. After having “weakened,” he finished second-to-last but, Delaware Park being a racino, still took home $125 for his “connections.”
The track made this announcement via Twitter: “[Delaware Park] in no way condones the mistreatment of animals & has immediately suspended the asst starter involved in an incident before the 5th race today. The incident has been referred to the DTRC, which will investigate & hold a special hearing on Saturday morning.”
The miscreant should – but won’t – be arrested for animal cruelty (Delaware’s relevant statute here). It’s ugly, it’s vile – but then again, it’s horseracing.
According to the Equibase chart for the 10th at Remington on June 2, Special Candy High was “injured [and] vanned off.” And that, likely, is where it would have stayed, at least until my 2018 FOIA reports are filed. But two factors triggered (Racing) press coverage: First, this was a $1 million Grade 1 and the horse in question a budding “star”; second, there is a drugging controversy brewing (apparently, investigators saw a vet treating horses in the barn of Clinton Crawford – SCH’s trainer – after the cut-off). Bottom line here, Special Candy High is dead – “broke down in catastrophic fashion, with his left foreleg visibly dangling,” says the Paulick Report. Visualize that.
The Equibase line for Winning Edge, five, in the 6th at Thistledown yesterday: “WINNING EDGE chased the winner from the three path into the stretch, fell inside the furlong marker from injury and was euthanized.” Chattel till the bitter end, Winning Edge was “For Sale” at $5,000 the day she died. This is horseracing.
This past Saturday, Horseracing Wrongs co-hosted a protest of the Belmont Stakes outside Gate 5 at Belmont Park. It was, to my knowledge, the first ever coordinated protest at a Triple Crown race. And it was a success: We did several interviews, executed a powerful banner drop, and generally turned many a head. Below, please find a short video made by Kiirstin Marilyn and Karolina Tyszkowska of the NYC-based “V For Veganism.” Thank you to them, and to all who came out to stand with us for the horses.