Four horses “broke down” on American tracks yesterday; all can be presumed dead:
4-year-old I Jus Wana Hav Fun went down in the 1st at Fair Grounds. The 22-start mare was “for sale” at $5,000 prior to falling. Trainer/owner, Edward Johnston.
4-year-old Wonderfella dropped in the 4th at Laurel. Wonderful symmetry here – yesterday was his birthday. Trainer, Benjamin Perkins; owner, New Farm.
6-year-old Praise a Native “broke down, [and was] hauled off” in the 5th at Rillito. “Broke down, hauled off” – industry callousness laid bare. Six times in the last two years, this abused equine was raced twice within a 10-day period, most recently February 8th and yesterday. Trainer, Santiago Lowe; owners Lowe/Mario Morales.
4-year-old Way to Go Gerda was felled in the 9th at Sunland. First put to the whip as a 2-year-old – the rough equivalent of a human 1st-grader – this mare endured 30 starts, all under trainer Roy Marcom and owner/breeder Larry Strain.