3-year-old Men Dee Go is dead after suffering a catastrophic fall last night at Lone Star Park. The colt had been whip-forced into a competition that had he finished would have netted his connections – jockey Roman Chapa, trainer Antonio Delgado, owner Claudio Balboa – $50. (Texas purses are not artificially jacked by racino cash.)
To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – casinos, lotteries, real sports involving autonomous human beings – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.