4-year-old La Ranchera, a 37-race career claimer most recently trained by Marcial Navarro, is dead after crashing in the 6th at Tampa Bay yesterday. As if not enough, the fall brought down three others – Carol Ann, Juliebrowneyes, and the eventually vanned-off Bright Promise. The Daily Racing Form says La Ranchera died on the track.
Because each of the four involved jockeys took precautionary trips to the hospital (all, reportedly fine), we get comments like this from the dim and delusional (DRF site): “I watched this live and thank God it wasn’t as fatal as it appeared. These jocks have Big Hearts to bounce back from these types of events. There were four jockeys sprauled [sic] motionless on the track. It doesn’t get much worse than this.” Apparently, a dead 4-year-old mare qualifies as neither a fatal event nor a tragedy, which just further debunks the myth of jocks and horses as coequals in the arena.
For those who care to watch, the carnage can be seen below. Note that the track announcer utters not a single word on the deadly pileup. Thousands of pounds of equine flesh scattered in the dirt, and nothing. In fact, he seemed speechless. The video, however, does give us the “Winner’s Circle” shot. This is horseracing.