4-year-old Kiss My Face is dead after breaking down in the 7th at Golden Gate yesterday. Once again, an apologist’s reaction is instructive. Golden Gate track announcer Michael Wrona tweeted out: “Sad to report the demise of Kiss my Face…” “Sad to report,” then on to other matters – next race, next round of excitement.
I’ve long held that people within the racing world – the jockeys, trainers, owners, sure, but also those, like Wrona, who make a living in and around the track – are desensitized to dead horses. It’s as if they have been conditioned, often from birth, to passively (and callously) accept a certain amount of collateral damage. Sick – and sad.
Also, in the most recent Los Alamitos minutes there was this on 3-year-old Sixarun Babe: “Immediately after the start [8th, January 15], while racing in the clear, Sixarun Babe fell. It appeared and was later confirmed the gelding had broken his back.”
This is horseracing.