The Kentucky chartwriters are loath (and loathe) to give up that state’s dead. A “euthanized” in the notes is practically unheard of; “broke down” – racing’s euphemism of choice for dead – is almost as rare. But of course when it’s an expensive horse in a big race, word gets out. Yesterday, the 2-year-old, $100,000-earning (in only four races) colt Ten City was a “went wrong, pulled up, vanned off” in the $500,000 Grade 1 Claiborne Futurity at Keeneland. Alas, Ten City is dead – euthanized, according to multiple sources, back in the barn.
Typical, too, in these matters are the revolting reactions that follow. Ten City’s trainer, Kenny McPeek, in a tweet:
“Yesterday was very very hard…In 32 years training, I’ve never lost a horse with such talent in such an important race. Hard to understand. Thank You for the notes of support and we will keep doing our best in a tough game. See you at the races.”
“Very very hard.”
“Never lost a horse with such talent.” (presumably he has lost other “lesser” horses)
“Hard to understand.”
“Will keep doing our best in a tough game.”
And my favorite: “See you [for more].”