According to the official chart from Santa Rosa’s (Sonoma County Fair) 2nd race last Thursday, 7-year-old Mr. Candy Bar finished without incident (albeit last). But now we learn that the long-abused (61 races) horse is dead, having broke down just past the wire. The Press Democrat says MCB “snapped his ankle” and “there was no way to save [him].” The reaction from trainer Gary Greiner:
“It was just bad luck. You’ve just got to accept it because there’s nothing you can do about it. …it’s just one of those things that sometimes happen.”
Mr. Greiner, a flat tire is bad luck, “one of those things that sometimes happen.” Whipping a horse to his death? Depraved.