Just a Gem is a 2-year-old racehorse – on the maturation chart, the rough equivalent of a kindergartner. Her fourth ever race (three previous: 4th, 9th, 6th), last evening at Presque Isle, is described thus by Equibase:
“JUST A GEM…drew clear while bearing out badly into the backstretch…gave way near the quarter pole, was put to strong right-hand whipping throughout the stretch and returned sore.”
For those not familiar with racing terminology, the “sore” here almost surely does not refer to the whipped areas (although whipping is painful, and those areas, too, would be sore); in fact, “returned sore” in racing typically means there was an issue with the leg(s) – lameness. So to fill in the gaps, this young horse was whipped hard while in all probability injured. How can anyone still defend this vile industry with a straight face?