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.