From May through October, 4-year-old Wild Perfection was a full and active cog in the Finger Lakes claiming machine. But then, nothing, a 5-week silence that given the who (cheap horse, bottom-feeder connections), what (running in races that pay first through last), and where (pound-em-often FL) was deafening. That Wild Perfection turned up dead should come as no surprise. The circumstances, however, are most disturbing. According to the Gaming Commission, the Arcadio Lopez-trained horse was “found dead in [his] stall” – reason “unknown” (which because of the who, what, and where is exactly how it will remain).
Other NY racehorses found dead or dying in their stalls this year:
Clawback, April 10th at Aqueduct
Corvo, April 10th at Belmont
Liberty Cruise, May 5th at Yonkers
The Lucky Dream, July 10th at Finger Lakes
Majic Laughter, July 29th at Batavia
Superbe Rulah, August 6th at Monticello
Without knowing the exact cause, we can only speculate. But there is a good chance that Wild Perfection suffered before dying – all alone. Imagine that.