It is well-established veterinary fact that horses are not fully mature till around six. Racing, because it would be economically prohibitive to wait (so it’s not going to change), typically begins pounding equine bodies at two – or the rough human equivalent of six. So, add child abuse to horseracing wrongs. But no one has ever accused Racing of age discrimination. At the other end of the spectrum are the middle-agers whose servitude seemingly knows no end:
11-year-old Calculating Jimmy has been on the circuit – these days, exclusively claiming – for almost 8 years now. In all, he has been put to the whip 77 times, and is slated for a 78th this Friday in Tampa. In a racing anomaly, just one person has been responsible for this creature since day one: trainer/owner/breeder Glenn Wismer.
12-year-old Missing Sefa is two days past her 105th race. Yes, 105th. Anyone care to speculate on the condition of this mare’s joints? Current trainer/owner – and the only person empowered to end this madness – is Jamie Grubbs.