“Found Dead in Her Stall”

The California Horse Racing Board has confirmed that 5-year-old Highly Rated – who was originally reported as “went wrong, pulled up, vanned off” at Golden Gate on January 18th (7th race) – was in fact euthanized for “multiple open fractures” in her right foreleg. In just her last year alone, Highly Rated was bought and sold five times, enduring six – yes, six – different trainers: Jerry Hollendorfer, Michael Machowsky, John Martin, Vann Belvoir, William Morey, and, finally, Gary Greiner.

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Also at Golden Gate, 17 days after a December 30th training incident in which she “went over the rail” and sustained “severe lacerations” to her shoulder and chest, 3-year-old Under Study Career was “found dead in [her] stall.” This is horseracing.

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  1. “In just her last year alone, Highly Rated was bought and sold five times, enduring six – yes, six – different trainers: Jerry Hollendorfer, Michael Machowsky, John Martin, Vann Belvoir, William Morey, and, finally, Gary Greiner.”

    This makes me throw up.

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