10-year-old Okie Ride collapsed and died – “a pulmonary event,” says The Blood-Horse – seconds after a training session at Remington Wednesday. The Blood-Horse, of course, only covered this because Okie was a big-earning (almost $800,000) champion “sprinter.” Obits in the racing press are for winners only.
While Okie’s connections, at least according to the article, do seem better than most (extended time off), I would ask those same people – Richter family, Kenny Nolen – why at ten Okie Ride was still on a track. Had he not earned enough, given enough, for you? Did you really have to squeeze one (two, three?) more Remington season out of him? So spare us the grief-ridden declarations – “all of us are just devastated” – and “part of our family” garbage. Truth is, you used this animal right into his grave.