I have confirmed two dead from Charles Town last night: 4-year-old Supersizer in the 3rd, 6-year-old Pigeon Chris in the 8th. Supersizer was being raced in the U.S. for the first time, having just been bought – they are, after all, mere commodities – in a claim at Woodbine in October. Pigeon Chris, on the other hand, spent his entire 34-race life at Charles Town. He was worth $5,000 the day he died.
With these two, Charles Town has six – yes, six – confirmed catastrophic breakdowns in its most recent six days of racing (Dec 2-Dec 10). One a day. Ugly, indeed.