Shamrock Road at 12 Races in 18 Weeks

I have previously written on Shamrock Road twice (here, here). Well, Sunday he was raced – again. That’s 12 times in a little over 18 weeks. Edward Charles Sexton continues as primary exploiter. This is horseracing.


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    This long suffering mare is once again entered to race at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort on July 11.
    She last raced on February 6, 2017 at Mahoning Valley, and came home 22+ lengths stone motherless last and the chart reported that she was ‘outrun’. She sure was outrun – there were 8 horses in the race and there was a gap of 11 lengths between herself and the 7th/second last placegetter. On June 7, she was vet scratched. She was later entered to run again at Mountaineer on June 26 but did not race. Her connections appear to be attempting to continue to race her into the ground whilst racing officials, the relevant racing commission and the so-called vets conveniently ignore the blatant animal abuse that she is suffering. Halos and Angels is high risk as it has been 5 months since she last raced (see reference to the vet scientists below).

    SHAMROCK ROAD had a workout at Presque Isle Downs on July 8, 2017.
    Previously he has had 3 recent workouts: one in May and two in June 2017.
    He has not raced since November 15, 2016 and I haven’t seen him entered to race – why the hesitation to race him? If and when he does race he will be high risk as the vet scientists have revealed in their research on bone fatigue (e.g. Dr Christopher Riggs – Hong Kong and Dr Chris Whitton – Australia).

    This now 5 year old gelding had 12 race starts in 18 weeks early in his career including 9 starts as a 2 year old. He had 24 starts in 11 months (1.16.15 to 12.18.15). No wonder, this horse went downhill.

    Owner: Dream Ridge Racing
    Trainer: Richard Markham
    Breeder: Edward Charles Sexton and Mary Grace Mead

    Sexton was his original trainer/owner from January to December 18, 2015. SR has changed hands a few times having had 3 different owners and trainers since his first start on January 16, 2015.
    SR is just one example only of what goes on with far too many racehorses, especially geldings.

    • Halos is an early scratch out of the race. A little reprieve again. Have yet to figure out what Norma Mason, the owner, is doing. She seems to be bouncing from trainer to trainer and track to track with this one poor little horse

  2. Jenni- I just want to say- thank you for your dream of rescuing/ rehoming these beautiful creatures. There can never be enough of us until this “sport” comes to an end. In the meantime – if you need some real horse time – you’re welcome to my place- I’m not far from you- and my kids would love all the attention and loving you could give them! And peppermints! Lol

  3. HALOS AND ANGELS raced at Mountaineer on July 17, 2017 coming home 4th/6.
    Chart says that she weakened. This 6 year old mare has now had 39 starts and last won a race on April 25, 2014 – the abuse of this mare continues with a sale price on her head at $5,000.

  4. SHAMROCK ROAD is entered to race at Presque Isle Downs on July 19, 2017 with a sale price on his head for $5,000. This gelding is now up to trainer no. 4 (Debbie Brooks) and last raced on November 15, 2016. Wonder what was wrong with him causing him to have 8 months out…….

    • I hope they don’t do this to see people like us get upset over it. I swear, some of them do it just to get a thrill out of upsetting people.

      • We’re bigger than that, Jenni.
        Thanks for caring so much for Shamrock Road.
        There’s nothing like a horse fix, hope you can get to SD’s place and enjoy her horses!

  5. SHAMROCK ROAD came home LAST 9th/9 by almost 15 lengths.
    Chart said that he leaned in and bumped with another horse at the start.
    Chart said that he tired.
    He was not claimed.
    Still slaving away and earned the grand sum of $200 for his owner, Dream Ridge Racing.
    This poor horse dropped right back and ran three to four horses wide, covering much more ground when he was fatigued and likely whipped to go faster.

    Are the racing authorities going to permit this horse to continue on racing when he’s clearly not up to the task?

    • Carolyn I’m still appalled at poor Halos – I’m constantly wracking my brain as to what more I can possibly do to end that poor mare’s torment. And Jenni- yes, offer definitely stands! If you’re interested, you can reach me through Patrick!

  6. SHAMROCK ROAD raced again at Presque Isle Downs on July 27, 2017, again with a sale price on his head for $5,000. He was not claimed. Again he tired and came home 8th/8 last. He’d only had 7 days’ respite from his previous start – why would you race a horse again when he came home 9th/9 last by 15 lengths just one week prior?
    Still slaving away and again earned the grand sum of $200 for his owner, Dream Ridge Racing.
    It has been 18 months since Shamrock Road has won a race.
    This now 5 year old gelding had 12 race starts in 18 weeks early in his career including 9 starts as a 2 year old. He had 24 starts in 11 months (1.16.15 to 12.18.15). No wonder this horse went downhill after being raced into the ground at a very young age. His poor body and mind, ruined.
    I see that he’s had another workout today, August 16, 2017.

    Why is this horse being permitted to race when he’s performing poorly, tiring and coming last?

    • The ongoing abuse of Shamrock Road, Halos and Angels, and the vast majority of lower level claimers is primarily due to their main goal of increasing wagering profits by filling races.
      These horses are being exploited by every single human that lays a hand on them from vets to farriers and all supporting personnel who make a living off of them.
      The only entity not making any money, and subsequently dumped after generating profit/jobs are the racehorses themselves.
      They are nothing more than profit slaves, dollar signs, and when that doesn’t work they become a liability that must be dumped.
      Even when they make lots of money many are still dumped!
      Exploiting, dumping, and dying – the dirty truth about horse racing.

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