By any measure, Santa Anita is one of America’s elite racetracks, with its meets typically garnering a little extra attention from the racing press. So it is a bit perplexing (not really, of course) how three horses – 3-year-olds Rastanora, Send Me a Sign, One of the Greats – dying there in back-to-back races on New Years Day did not, as far as I can tell, qualify as newsworthy. Anywhere.
(While the CHRB would not confirm the deaths till a few days later, there were, for those who cared, leads to pursue: The official Equibase chart, published that very day, had two of the three as “broke down,” the other as “pulled up in distress, vanned off.”)
Three dead at Santa Anita and not a word, proving (yet again) that this industry’s precious “equine athletes” are, in truth, nothings – beyond, that is, their capacity to make money for men. How profoundly sad.