According to the chart, 3-year-old Chide “went wrong” in the 11th race Thursday at Churchill and was subsequently “vanned off.” But owing to the fact that this was a $200,000 Grade 2, we now know that “went wrong” means dead. Buried toward the bottom of the official Churchill press release on the race is this:
The race was marred by a fatal fracture to 3-year-old filly Chide’s left front leg just before the field hit the top of the stretch. Her jockey Miguel Mena was unseated but was reported to be “okay” and returned to the jockey’s room.
“Marred.” The killing of a young, sentient being dismissed as a mere blemish on an otherwise glorious holiday afternoon. Racing’s moral bankruptcy laid bare, yet again.