4-year-old Knockher Off “fell heavily to the track shortly after the finish [of yesterday’s 5th at Aqueduct] and was reported to have expired from neck trauma.” Dead in the dirt. On a more positive note, the gelding placed, winning over $13,000 for connections James Jerkens and Chester/Mary Broman.
What does NYRA think of its “athletes”? In the replay (hit “Race Replays,” Nov 12, race 5) there is no visual of Knockher Off collapsing; more telling, the track announcer utters not a single word on the dying horse. Not one. Yet he narrates festivities in the Winner’s Circle. Racing’s moral bankruptcy on full display, yet again.