One day after a three-horse fall (still attempting to secure updates; one source has Hero’s Welcome as dead), Laurel Park saw a confirmed kill in the 2nd Sunday. According to Equibase, “Follow the Petals…forged clear under pressure leaving the three sixteenths then expired after falling soon past the sixteenth marker.”
“Expired after falling.”
Follow the Petals was five; this was her 35th time under the whip. Once again, Laurel struck all ugliness from the official replay – and yet, they still saw fit to show the Winner’s Circle celebration. (Follow the Petals is #5, jockey in red.)
An update on the 2-year-old Tiz Willow, who died of starvation in a Golden Gate stall back in January. The criminal (though not in the eyes of the law) animal-abuser Gustavo Medina was brought before the Golden Gate stewards June 2:
“Present were Medina his translator Rob Cochran, investigator Mike Alford and CHRB Staff Counsel Rob Brodnik. Mr. Brodnik questioned Mr. Medina at length about his lack of care for the horse Tiz Willow, as did the Stewards. Mr. Medina had no explanation other than the other horses at the ranch wouldn’t let Tiz Willow eat. Even if that were true Mr. Medina had almost two months to remedy the situation. When given the opportunity to present witnesses on his behalf and generally defend himself he had little to say and no witnesses…but finally when prompted by the Stewards for some response, mumbled ‘I’m Sorry.’ A decision will be forthcoming.”
“The other horses at the ranch wouldn’t let Tiz Willow eat.”
“Mumbled I’m sorry.”
Some human beings have little to no redeeming value.
The 10th at Monmouth yesterday, as relayed by Equibase: “Orra Moor…rallied to a short lead past the eighth pole, then was severely injured near the sixteenth pole…and was euthanized.” ‘Twas the 3-year-old filly’s 6th time under the whip.
In addition, this – all just yesterday:
Tizjohndeersway “vanned off” at Arizona
Parlapiano “vanned off” at Belmont
Curlin’s Prize “in distress, vanned off” at Belterra
Spicey Corona “vanned off” at Delta
Latent River “in distress, vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Cold Brewster “bled, vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Blazer “vanned off in distress” at Fairmount
Hero’s Welcome “fell, vanned off” at Laurel
Time Flies By “fell over the fallen Hero’s Welcome, DNF” at Laurel
Homefield “fell over the fallen Hero’s Welcome, vanned off” at Laurel
Soul Seekin “in distress, vanned off” at Louisiana
Brayden’s Start “fell, DNF” at Parx
Colonel Dax “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Penn
American Proud “appeared to injure herself, fell, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Note: The official Laurel Park “Replay Show” on YouTube completely edited-out the chain-reaction fall that necessitated ambulances for two horses – Hero’s Welcome and Homefield. I will update as information comes in.
Successful Mission, says the NYS Gaming Commission, “sustained fractures while breezing [at] Belmont” June 9; “radiographs revealed fractures which resulted in the horse being euthanized.” He is the 16th such horse at Belmont Park this year.
This is horseracing.
Equibase’s account of the 6th at Delaware Thursday: “Well Graced went wrong in deep stretch…and had to be euthanized.” He was three. I have also confirmed that Beau Dan is dead after “[going bad]” in the 4th at Belterra May 30. He was four.
Please watch to vile conclusion as this “we love them like our children” industry carries on with the “Winner’s Circle” while two of said children lie dying in the mud…