I have confirmed that two horses were killed in the same Timonium race Friday: 7-year-old Behind the Times, 4-year-old Cuban Argument. Both horses were bottom-of-the-barrel claimers; the past performances of each portended their ultimate fates.
After not “breaking maiden” until two years and 26 races into her “career,” Behind the Times finished no higher than 4th over her final 16 races – all of the cheap claiming variety. But it gets worse: In her final 15 finishes (remember, her last race ended in death), Behind came in last or second-to-last an astounding 13 times; she lagged the field a cumulative 322 lengths – or an average of almost 22 per start. In short, she was raced to death. And the kicker – during this gruesome run, she was under the iron fist of one man, owner/trainer David Shorts. Complicit, too, of course, are the officials at Laurel, Charles Town, and Timonium who watched and did nothing as real-time animal cruelty was happening before their very eyes. Sick.
Cuban Argument won one race, her second time out. In her 11 other finished races – again, all cheap claiming – she came in last or second-to-last seven times; her total lengths back was 201, for an average of 18+ per. “Connections” throughout: trainer Kelly Lynn Deiter, owner Jose Antao. How, pray tell, do you people sleep at night?