In the 9th at Hawthorne last night, 11-year-old (almost 12) Hurta broke down and was euthanized. If not for a pair of fallen jockeys who were transported to the hospital (which usually garners some media attention), Hurta’s final fate would have remained unknown, just the way Racing wants it. Equibase: “HURTA…took a bad step…fell while striking SPECTACULAR ACT…and was subsequently vanned off the course.”
In his final two years of life – a life spent entirely in captivity – Hurta was an almost exclusively cheap ($5,000) claimer. Trainer on death day: Eduardo Rodriguez.