The chart (Equibase) line for 5-year-old Honest in the 3rd yesterday at Parx: “Honest was eased in the stretch then had to be euthanized.” A life – indubitably intelligent, feeling, sensitive – dispensed with just like that. In a related matter, not a word on the death of the $5,000 (his “claiming” price) Honest can be found in the Racing press. Nor, as far as I can tell, are there “prayers and condolences” going out on social media. Hmm. Incidentally, two races prior, 4-year-old Tildeath Do Uspart “was pulled up in distress [and] vanned off.” As of this writing, no word on that outcome.
In the 4th Friday at Hawthorne, Dancing Nora, a 2-year-old being raced for the fourth time, “took an awkward step then fell to the track while striking a rival…vanned off.” We now know that this filly is dead – euthanized, according to multiple sources.