Within the FOIA documents for Texas’ dead in 2015, there was this on an otherwise nondescript horse named Special Fixin:
“Scratched from 3rd race Retama 10-16: Severe colic, died off track [on 10-15].”
A quick check of Equibase revealed that Special Fixin had just been raced four days prior, on October 11. In that race, the 4-year-old finished 8th of 9 – almost 22 lengths back. (In fact, in SF’s only other three races, all in 2015, he never once finished above 5th, averaging 18 lengths back.) Coming off that, he was scheduled to be raced a mere five days later. But he died, horrifically, before his “connections” – Juan Martinez and Jorge Codiza – could get him back out there. (Probably) not coincidentally, the Texas tracks he was being raced at pay first through last – $100 simply for crossing the line.
How do these people sleep at night?