On the chart (Equibase) Saturday at Thistledown, Straitouttathefunk was reported as “pulled up in distress, vanned off” in the 2nd. I have since confirmed that (at least on this occasion) “in distress” is as bad as it sounds – Straitouttathefunk was euthanized. In three of his final four finishes, the 3-year-old was 8th of 9, last of 14, 11th of 12.
I have also confirmed that Generous Woman suffered the following fate prior to the 7th last Monday at Mountaineer (per a track source): “[Generous Woman] reared indoors and fractured her skull on the low ceiling beams. Bit her own tongue off and bled out profusely. They covered her with a tarp and ran the last 3 races before removing her…3 races, with many people walking by; it was no secret there was a dead horse in the paddock.” Imagine that. Officially, the 5-year-old was a “scratch.”
This is horseracing.