5-year-old Spider Bride, a career maiden-claimer who never finished above 4th, has been reported dead by the NYS Gaming Commission from a training injury suffered April 29 at Finger Lakes. The official line: “pulled up during workout – exam revealed palpable R shoulder fx – euthanized.” Her trainer, Pablo Torres.
Also, 8-year-old Down Town Allen, a multiple stakes winner with over $1 million earnings, was, according to multiple press reports, euthanized Monday for injuries (suspensory tear) sustained in a race at Charles Town on April 18. The vet: “…we all wanted to do absolutely everything [cast, hyperbaric chamber, special shoe] we could to save her.” Breeder/owner/trainer John Casey: “She…loved being a racehorse…she was also like a pet that was a part of our family.” (Isn’t it funny how “family member” status is reserved for those who win a boatload for their owners?)
Two mares: One, a cheap, disposable claimer for whom no extraordinary measures were taken and whose death garnered zero media coverage; the other, a hugely successful “champion,” a potential future breeding machine for whom “everything” was tried and whose obit was shared widely. This is horseracing.