A Dead Horse Can’t Mar the Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup is big. While it may not have the “history” and “tradition” of the TC races or Saratoga, it has cash, lots of it – some $26 million worth over 13 races. With the money, of course, come the big names and, by extension, an obsessive, saturating coverage in the racing press. Unfortunately for these “journalists,” however, this level of coverage practically dictates they report a dead horse.

Yesterday during the running of the $2 million Grade 1 “Distaff,” 5-year-old Corona Del Inca “broke down” and was subsequently euthanized. While the kill was indeed relayed, it was buried deep under unforgivable soppiness:

Daily Racing Form
“A champion mare produced a storybook ending…”

“There were tears everywhere in the Santa Anita winner’s circle…”

Jockey Gary Stevens: “I just asked Mr. Hughes if he has a paddock for me next to her.”

Paulick Report
“Another cheer went up as Beholder loped back to the winner’s circle, celebrating her swan song victory in true champions style and not batting an eye as the winner’s garland was laid across her withers.”

Owner Wayne Hughes: “I don’t know what I did to deserve [her]…”

“Mike Smith took his helmet off and looked to the heavens…he then picked up the reins of the champion filly beneath him, who had her ears pricked as she so often does after her brilliant on-track exploits…”

“The greatest of sporting outcomes often rely upon protagonists of equal stature…”

“With the grandstand cheering for her upon her return from the gallop out, Songbird had the demeanor of a horse still untouched by defeat.”

And then there is the rapture of the track announcer (pick up around 2:00 mark)…

A horse dies; the party goes on. Racing’s moral depravity on full display, yet again.


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  1. Thank you Patrick for all of your hard work on behalf of the horses.
    According to Gods Will., I hope these people who abuse horses go straight to Hell.

  2. Not only did Corona Del Inca suffer multiple fractures and die, according to a trusted individual, she resisted loading into the starting gate – they put a hood on her to get her in. She tried to tell them…

  3. I just watched the replay of the Breeders Cup race. It is so horrific.

    It is really difficult to watch Arrogate getting hit over and over and over and over and over in the final yards of the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park on November 5, 2016.

    Basically, this trainer (Bob Baffert) and the jockey are being rewarded for horse abuse.
    It appears to me that Arrogate was hit At least 16 times to get him over the finish line to beat California Chrome !

    Bob Baffert is another one who belongs in jail for his horrific abuse of horses.

    • Yes Kathleen and it looks like California Chrome was hit over and over again in quick succession on both sides to make him go faster. Both jockeys are abusive and the fans didn’t say anything about it. They’ don’t care about the wellbeing of the horse.

  4. As a former Trainer it appeared obvious to me that Corona Del Inca was sore, and sour which is why he resisted loading into the gate. Like Joy says he was trying to communicate this since horses don’t talk.
    The fact that they don’t talk is one of the main reasons why this industry gets away with legitimized animal cruelty because if horses could talk this business would not be operational.
    In order for slavery to continue the slaves must be oppressed; be beaten to perform, and this is no different than human slavery. After all, it takes a lot of people to remain silent about what goes on in order for it to continue.
    Then the race.
    So obvious that Corona Del Inca was having a very labored trip, probably sore, and suffering.
    He slowed down, again trying to protect himself, but the show must go on.
    I can’t believe the jockey kept going with this horse instead of pulling him up.
    I can see how bad it was on the replay so a rider would definitely feel the issues.
    Then there is a possible huge insurance payout that can only be paid out upon death. Hmmm….
    The fact that Corona Del Inca broke down out of the cameras view (for the most part) was probably a relief for track personnel.
    I didn’t see a frontal scan so it may have been eliminated because that would show the enormity of the horrific breakdown.
    So sad that another sentiment being lost their life for this cruelty circus, death camp, and corruption pit.
    Let’s not forget all the casualties leading up to the Breeders Cup.
    There were about 6 last time I counted.
    These casualties were mainly career-ending injuries or long lay-off injuries where the horse will never be able to perform at the highest levels, but may be brought back to be used, and abused in the claiming ranks most likely.
    Many of these racehorses just disappear off the radar as well since their breeding career is jeopardized resulting in a huge decrease in value which is the main driving force of this business.
    They call the Kentucky Derby the Road To The Roses.
    It sure is the Road To The Roses – you know the ones that end up draped over the trail of dead horses before the first Saturday in May.
    The great late Sam Simon talked about horse racing, and specifically the Derby on his radio show.
    He found it appalling, and horrific that thousands of horses were bred and died for one race day in May.
    Sam was so right on.
    It’s insanity to breed about 30,000 horses every year for the main goal of running in the Derby because about 90% of them will never make it.
    For many of these racehorses they become a victim of a unattainable dream after just 3 years for the most part.
    Then they have another 20 years (on average) to live, and we all know where this is going.
    Many of the super rich owners at the highest levels of the game only want upper level horses.
    So they weed out the ones who don’t live up to their expectations, and you often see multi-million dollar purchases running in the claiming ranks, running for their lives, and then having their life end on a slaughter house floor.
    There was no mention, no coverage on the mainstream horse racing publications of the breakdown thus far.
    I suppose the dead are no longer worth the mention.

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