Although I harbor no illusions about compassion in racing circles, sometimes the chart notes are so strikingly callous they practically leap off the page. The line for 2-year-old Good Problem in the 6th at Delta last night: “finished well [4th of 7, by the way], euthanzd.” Apparently, the equine child, who was years from rounding into full musculoskeletal maturity, fell after the wire. Dead. Trainer, Dana Champagne; owner/breeder, Joseph Talamo Jr.
Also, the California Horse Racing Board has confirmed the deaths of three active racehorses at Golden Gate Fields:
6-year-old Juleps and Roses died of a ruptured colon on December 16th. With five last-place finishes in five career starts, she surely will not be missed by any who were ever a part of her life. How very sad.
Five days later, another 6-year-old – Diamond Geezah – “returned from farm in poor condition – Ataxia – condition worsened,” euthanized. A 46-start veteran, this gelding had been running cheap claiming races for quite some time – and not very successfully at that – yet his masters couldn’t find it in their hearts to just let him be. Now, he is gone, without having lived a single moment outside a human’s control.
The very next day, a 3-year-old filly named Fever’s Comet died of a deep abscess in her left hock. As a zero for four maiden claimer, she, too, has already been forgotten.
This is horseracing.