Last night at a football game in Dallas, Seattle Seahawk Ricardo Lockette was injured after colliding with another player on a punt return. As he lay motionless on the turf, a deafening hush fell over the stadium, with players from both sides (as well as the fans) locked in on Lockette, thoughts of paralyzed footballers past inescapably floating in their heads. Turns out, he should be fine. Which, of course, is good news.
Now, contrast this with what transpired at another “sporting venue,” Los Alamitos Race Course, just a couple hours later. There, three separate “athletes” – Under the Moon, Abu Dhabi Do, From Here to There – had to be removed from the track via ambulance. It’s a good bet that as you read, at least one is dead. And no one cares.
Meanwhile at Zia Park in New Mexico, two were “vanned off” and another, a 3-year-old named Classey Cash, is said to have “broke down”; “broke down,” for those of you who are uninitiated, is racing-speak for dead. And again, no one cares.
Horseracing a sport? Only to the ignorant, delusional, or unconscionably callous.