Wise Remark Dead at Parx

4-year-old Wise Remark is dead after breaking down in the 6th yesterday at Parx. In his penultimate race on February 14th, this pubescent gelding finished last of 9, 26+ lengths behind; in his 9 completed races, Wise Remark finished last or second-to-last 5 times, all at cheap Parx. In other words, his death should not surprise. His people from beginning to end: Carlos Soto, Jamer Racing.

In addition to at least one dead athlete, Parx also offered the following Tuesday:

In the 2nd, Ninety Five South “was pulled up in distress and vanned off.” And in the 4th: “MARCY, WHO WAS FRACTIOUS IN THE POST PARADE, INJURED HERSELF IN THE STARTING GATE AND WAS ORDERED SCRATCHED… VALERIE VICTORIA WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE STARTING GATE AND SCRATCHED…” And then, an unwitting reminder of this sport’s essence: “CONSOLATION DAILY DOUBLES WITH MARCY AND VALERIE VICTORIA WERE PAID. SHOW AND SUPERFECTA WAGERING ON THIS RACE WERE CANCELLED AND REFUNDS WERE GIVEN.”

This is horseracing.

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    • Do you have a barn and/or land for her? You can certainly make an offer. She’s an Afleet Alex daughter and would be a wonderful brood mare.

      • Sue…the mare doesn’t need to be further exploited by being a broodmare. And this industry that discards their “athletes” like they are yesterday’s garbage doesn’t need more horses (to maim, kill, discard) brought into this world.

      • Are you serious Sue? “make an offer” oh please this beggars belief. Expecting kind people to clean up your unconscionable mistreatment of a racehorse and then probably boast that she went to a good home and what a wonderful person YOU are – don’t think so Sue, read again Joy’s comment. GET IT!

  1. WISE REMARK – another horse suffering aggravated cruelty during its short racing career, used and abused and then killed. His very poor performances (also a sign that he likely had health issues which was later confirmed by his breakdown death) indicated that he should not be racing.
    CARLOS SOTO, JAMER RACING continued on forcing him to race KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THERE WAS A VERY HIGH RISK THAT THIS HORSE WOULD BREAKDOWN AND DIE. I once overheard a trainer and owner joking about the likely breakdown of a horse. Sadistic creeps!
    The Racing Commissions and their so called “VETERINARIANS” are also responsible for this horse’s death.

  2. I agree, Carolyn, the Racing Commissions and these veterinarians are also responsible for the abuse and death. However, in the racing business, unlike business’ in general, there is no accountability. It truly is a subculture where animal abuse is tolerated because it is part and parcel of the modus operandi.

    • Sue, as a pro-racing apologist, call the track and ASK them for the info. Perhaps you aren’t sharp enough to realize that it is very difficult to gather info on horses that die in the dirt or that limp back to the barn and are later euthanized. Racing likes to keep their “dirty secrets” behind closed doors, if you know what I mean.

  3. On the subject of The Jockey Club’s recently announced reform for transparency re racehorses’ veterinary records being made public –

    The link below gives the names of the racehorse TRAINERS who have pledged to advocate to make public veterinary records of their horses

    http://www.horseracingreform.org/default.asp?section=7&area=5&showt=YES

    I could not find Steve Asmussen’s name on the list at the time of writing.

    The link below gives the names of people who have pledged support
    These Thoroughbred OWNERS have pledged to advocate for making public the veterinary records of horses entered in graded stakes races in the United States and Canada.

    http://www.horseracingreform.org/default.asp?section=7&area=5

    I think The Jockey Club has forgotten something – the veterinary records of racehorses who compete in NON graded stakes races?

    The Jockey Club appears to be discriminating against the horses in Claiming Races.

    I recall a pro-racing apologist who stated on Patrick’s site several months ago something along the lines that the racehorses are privately owned and therefore the veterinary records of such racehorses are private and cannot be made public.

    I remember my argument was along the lines that these horses are on public display, in a public industry and such industry is sustained by the public and therefore the veterinary records should be made public.

    • That’s right Carolyn…at the very least, bettors have a right to know! Shouldn’t they know if the horse has suffered a past injury?…is on XYZ meds?…is a damaged “deck of cards”?

      Of course they don’t want vet records available to the public!…HIDE the truth!

  4. Spot on Joy! Imagine if the veterinary records of the claiming races horses were made public!
    The American Veterinary Association would, i think, have to take some action of some kind at the very least.

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