From the Equibase charts last night:
2-year-old (just – his birthday was in March) Mr Wine Opener “broke down” in the 3rd at Arapahoe (this, on that track’s “opening day” – check out this vile picture on its website). The conditions, according to the chart, were “snowing, sloppy.” Must have been pretty bad as the rest of the day’s card was canceled on account of weather.
4-year-old Red Atlantic “broke down” in the 6th at Belterra. After running one more race, Belterra, too, canceled out due to weather.
In other words, weather – something that is almost always avoidable – likely factored in to bringing down one, if not both, of these horses. “Safety first”? Please.