Mariano Intheninth Dead at Churchill

WHAS (Louisville) reports that 3-year-old Mariano Intheninth “broke its leg and had to be euthanized” in the 6th yesterday at Churchill. WHAS, of course, was not really covering the death of a cheap (still a maiden claimer) horse; what makes this newsworthy is a dinged up jockey who took a precautionary trip to the hospital. By the way, Equibase had Mariano as but “pulled up, vanned off.” The dead horse’s people: Jesus Castanon, Brad Cox, Double Dip Stables, Extern Developments.

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  1. I happened to look at Mariano Intheninth’s first race on August 2, 2014 at Saratoga when he was owned/trained by the Ramsey’s/Pletcher…a race for two-year-olds. Two of the ten babies that raced that day are now confirmed dead. TWO of the ten, now DEAD. Now please tell me, WHO with even an ounce of intelligence and conscience can condone an industry such as this?

    And Mariano Intheninth was not an “it”. That is so telling.

    No more suffering, no more servitude, little colt. May you rest in peace.

  2. And what about the suffering and servitude of horses for centuries? Ever see War Horse? That film was based in facts and history. Horses have long been beasts of burden. Horse racing is hardly the problem. At least horses on the track are well-cared for, fed, given veterinary attention when they need it, and sheltered. While the perils of the sport are sad and an inescapable reality, a horse breaking down on the track can hardly be considered cruelty within the scope of equine existence.

    • What about the “suffering and servitude of horses for centuries”, Mr. Quick? What about that? I guess I’m not as quick as you are because I don’t get your point. Just because horses have been beasts of burden for centuries doesn’t make the atrocities, that are committed in the racing industry, any less revolting. Perhaps humans are incredibly stupid and it just took us years to speak out against the animal exploitation, right? Oh, and just because priests abused little boys for centuries doesn’t mean that we should tolerate it now. Got it?

      Just to bring you up to speed, many horses on the backside of low level tracks are NOT fed adequately and are NOT well cared for. Some are but many aren’t. Vet care? If you are talking about drugs, then these horses get vet care because they are certainly loaded with drugs, both legal and illegal. However, a pro-racing apologist once told me that she would guess that 80% of the horses that ran at Beulah Park were racing injured. Good vet care? Nope, don’t think so because good care would have required that the horse NOT race and be treated with appropriate medication.

      Finally, you are correct about racehorses being sheltered. The horses are kept confined to stalls for 23 hours a day. Those who know anything about horses should realize that horses are herd animals. Yes, horses are sheltered at the track but that is an “unnatural” environment for them. Horseracing, Mr. Quick, is animal exploitation just like dog racing is animal exploitation. I really don’t give a damn what happened centuries ago. We are talking about the present. I sincerely hope that isn’t too difficult for you to grasp.

    • Brandon Quick – it seems to me you are either misinformed or ignorant of what goes on with racehorses. Have a look at Shedrow Secrets (you will find it under “Categories” here on Patrick’s site). People like Joy Aten and Jo Anne Normile speak of just some of their experiences with racehorses. And after reading Mary Johnson’s response to you, you are now informed with the truth of the miserable life of the racehorse. Ooops nearly forgot – underneath the heading of Shedrow Secrets is the heading SLAUGHTER which is also very much worth reading.

  3. First off, I’ve been around horse racing for years, although I do not earn a living in the industry. Further, I’d be willing to assume that I understand the “ins and outs” better than anyone posting here. Mary completely misconstrued my point, but that isn’t surprising given the agenda and misplaced rage that goes on in this space.

    Simply put, animal suffering is an unfortunate, but inherent aspect of human existence. My original point was simple: horse racing isn’t to blame for animal cruelty even though some does take place within the industry. As I’ve already said, that is unfortunate, and it should be addressed. HOWEVER, that does not mean that the sport is cruel, that it should be abolished, or that the majority of those working in the sport are corrupt. Extremists like yourselves never get anything accomplished even though I’m sure your intentions are good. The reason you get nothing accomplished is because you complain and overgeneralize, and paint everything with a broad brush. That, my friends, is why you are never taken seriously.

    And by the way Mary, most of the individuals I’ve met in racing are passionate and truly care about the animal’s well-being. It’s very similar to people who own domestic pets like dogs or cats. Most truly love and care for their animals, but some are real assholes who don’t. The world is a cruel place. Grow up.

    • Brandon, as I have stated before on other posts…. you are missing the point here. We know that not all owners and trainers are bad. I am sure there are trainers and owners out there who love and care about their horses. BUT, no amount of love and care will prevent the animals from getting hurt and potentially losing their lives on the track. I was there the day that Mariano (the horse mentioned in this post) broke down on the track. I witnessed it. It was terrible. And all for what? Money? Please. An innocent animal should not be sacrificed for the entertainment of humans. What other reason is there to race these horses other than money and entertainment? If these people truly wanted to show these animals love, they would not put them in these situations. I have a question for you. At what age does a horses bones stop growing? Because it sure as hell is not age 3. These horses are too young and their bones are too delicate. Furthermore, how do you feel about horse slaughter? You do know that many if not most of these horses end up in slaughter houses, do you not? How does that make you feel? Like I said, it’s great that “most” trainers and owners treat their horses well. Fantastic. But that does not change what happens ON the track or what happens once the horses are done racing. Extremist? No sir, I’m a REALIST.

    • Thank you Meghan for putting this link up. Not pleasant to see the suffering of this noble horse but it is important that the public is informed as to the true meaning of what happens to a horse when he/she “breaks down”. Looked to me as though it was his off (right) fore leg and a very bad break because usually a horse cannot stop his momentum as quickly as he did and he would’ve been wanting to keep up with his mates/herd. Most of the time limb fractures result in the dangling of that limb which is sickening for the public to see. The racing industry cannot hide incidents such as MARIANO INTHENINTH, he was leading and close to the line and that’s when it gets uncomfortable for them, not good for the image of racing. However, when a breakdown does not occur in the final part of the race for all to see, they are very quick to get the horse vanned off. Yep, plenty of dangling legs have been put into a vehicle and “vanned off”. This racing industry policy is abhorrently cruel because the horses suffer excruciating pain with these injuries. We know why they do this, they want to hide from the public the sickening suffering of their “much loved” horses in lieu of euthanasing them on track relieving them of their agonizing pain.


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