From the most recent Stewards Minutes at Golden Gate:
“Jockey Irving Orozco who rode the horse Silent Bounty in the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields on November 8, 2015, is hereby fined $300 for striking his mount on the head. Tapes showed, and Orozco admitted, that he struck the horse on the side of the head as the field came on the backstretch. Orozco stated the horse was acting up and he became frustrated.”
“The horse was acting up and he became frustrated.” The unruly horse in question, 2-year-old Silent Bounty, was being raced for the very first time. Unsurprisingly, Silent Bounty finished last (but still managed to “win” $105). A reminder: On the maturation chart, a 2-year-old equine is the rough equivalent of a 6-year-old child. Imagine that.
Meanwhile, the latest minutes from Del Mar reveal two more dead horses – that is, horses who either died on Del Mar grounds or while being prepped off-site for upcoming Del Mar races. The tally since the beginning of the Fall “Bing Crosby Meet”:
Oct 19-Oct 26: 1 dead
Nov 2-Nov 8: 5 dead
Nov 9-Nov 16: 2 dead