Most of the time, the racing industry deflects, distracts, spins, and deceives. But every once in a while, some raw truth finds its way to the surface. Witness this from Equibase’s account of 2-year-old (a child) Sky Devil’s run at Presque Isle Sunday – his first-ever race, by the way:
short note – “hard whipping”; long note – “bumped hard at the start, angled out and rushed between horses, angled out sharply in the final furlong and was put to very hard punishment.” This, for a 5th-place finish, 8+ lengths off the pace.
Rationalize that, apologists.