First, another horse has died – 6-year-old Zoomin Effortlessly after the 8th at Ruidoso Sunday. Apparently, he suffered a heart attack back in the barn (though something must have been amiss as he was a “vanned off” on the chart). While I would have eventually learned of this with my year-end FOIA request, it has become public now because, and only because, Zoomin was a wildly successful racehorse – that is, he made a lot of money for his people – and this was a Grade 1 (the highest kind) race. The article disclosing his death was at once revealing and abhorrent.
After an introductory sentence announcing the death, the website StallioneSearch followed with three paragraphs on Zoomin’s numbers – earnings (“banked $875,575 in five seasons at the track”), stakes wins, and such. Or, how the racing folks truly measure the life and value of a horse. Shortly thereafter, this from jockey Santos Carrizales: “My family in my life comes first. But this horse had become a part of our family. I thank God that he gave us this horse that has meant so much to us. We are just devastated with his death.” Vile, Mr. Carrizales. Vile.