Either from self-delusion or as a base marketing ploy, racing people speak almost exclusively in sport vernacular. Accordingly, to them, each racehorse actually represents a larger “team,” complete with owner, coach, assistants, team doc, and, of course, the athletes themselves – jockey and Thoroughbred. Partners on the playing field.
Last week, an exercise rider was killed when his mount, Tawney’s Wish, had a fatal heart attack (at three) at Woodbine. Yesterday, the Paulick Report ran this on the memorial for Mourad Boudraa. By accounts, Mr. Boudraa treated his horses well, and it is sad that he died. But as Woodbine was honoring him, his erstwhile teammate quickly faded into oblivion. Without so much as a moment of silence. And that is horseracing.