3-Year-Old Dead at Parx; 2-Year-Old Needs Ambulance For Second Race in a Row

Racing truth: There is not a single day on the calendar devoid of maiming and/or destruction. Not a one – not even a slow December Monday. Equibase reports that 3-year-old The Red Baron, under the whip for just the third time, “broke down” in the 8th yesterday at Parx “and was humanely euthanized.” Dead.

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Meanwhile at Zia in New Mexico, a 2-year-old filly named Riveting Rosie was raced for the second time: “pulled up about the quarter pole and vanned off.” Her first race, November 25 at that same track: “reluctant to load, lost contact with the field, was pulled up entering the turn and vanned off.” Raced twice, ambulanced off twice. At two. (Given what I know about Zia, it would not surprise me in the least if she shows up dead on the FOIA documents I will soon request.) This is horseracing.

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