I have confirmed back-to-back deaths at Charles Town Wednesday night.
In the 3rd, 2-year-old Northern Exchange “broke down” and was euthanized on the track. It was but her fourth race. The first three (all at CT): 7th of 9; 6th of 7, 25+ lengths back; and most recently, last of 10, 20 lengths back.
One race later, Mr. Ripken; he, too, was euthanized where he lay. Days shy of turning seven, Mr. Ripken was under the whip for the 43rd time. Most recent four: two lasts, two second-to-lasts. Minutes before dying, he was “on the market” for $4,500.
This is horseracing.