Last night at Charles Town, a cheap claimer (“For Sale” at $5,000 prior to the race) by the name of Majestic Cat had this line (Equibase):
“MAJESTIC CAT became rather fractious in the starting gate, unseating his rider and ending up with legs splayed and his head in the mud under the front of the starting gate, vied two wide, stopped, returned with a gash on his left hock and limped off.”
“Fractious, legs splayed, head in the mud” – yet raced anyway. Entirely unsurprising: Charles Town is a racino track, meaning that slots cash (artificially) jacks up the purse booty and allows the track to pay first through last; MC’s “connections” made $100 simply by virtue of him finishing the race.
Incidentally, this 4-year-old “born-to-run, loves-to-compete” “athlete” had a similar note back in June (also at Charles Town): “fractious in the starting gate,” finished 9th of 10 ($100 again). His people for both races: Maryann and Daniel Iacone.