Unlike the Thoroughbred version, harness racing operates under no sport illusion – Bob Costas doesn’t do Batavia; Standardbreds don’t make the cover of SI (or win their own postage stamps). Accordingly, there is scant information to be found on harness outcomes. What’s more, the official USTA charts offer only the relevant numbers – purses, odds, payouts. No notes to mine for clues (think “broke down,” “vanned off”), just an order of finish, or as the case may be, “did not finish.” This, “DNF,” in fact, is all the harness people saw fit to share about 4-year-old Apostles Creed’s run in the 11th at Yonkers Tuesday. Fortunately, though, we have the (only-of-its-kind) NYS database, and here is what it had to say about Apostles Creed: “…started race – broke stride – pulled up – laid down and died.” “DNF”? Yes – because he “laid down and died.”
Also, the Commission reports, a yet-to-be-named 2-year-old was “found dead in [his/her] stall” at Belmont yesterday. A 2-year-old horse, a pubescent by any measure, “found dead.” But fret not, for surely the “investigation” will get to the bottom of it.
This is horseracing.