This from the Equibase charts for Penn Thursday (race 8): “SUNNYSIDE FRED chased the pace in the three path but was through after half a mile, was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased. CAPITANO RICARDO ran towards the rear but had no response and was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased.”
“…was through after half a mile, was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased.”
“…ran towards the rear…had no response and was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased.”
This race, by the way, was a $5,000 maiden-claiming – the lowest of the lows. In the end, Sunnyside finished second-to-last (of 10), 44 lengths back; Capitano last, 56 lengths back. And again, they were whipped till the end. Sunnyside’s abuser atop was Edilberto Rodriguez; Capitano’s, Julio Hernandez.
This was Sunnyside’s 5th race. His previous four, all at Penn, were last, second-to-last, last, second-to-last – a combined 84 lengths back. His trainer and owner throughout – Bruce Kravets, Richard Trechak. Capitano hasn’t fared much better, finishing 4th or below in 9 of his 12 previous races (remember, still in the “maiden” category). His “connections”: Mark Salvaggio, Richard Spicer, D. William Spitler.
Vile people. Vile industry.