Equibase reports this from the 3rd yesterday at Mahoning: “RUTH’S LOTUS went bad into turn and fell and subsequently euthanized on the track.”
Another horse, Angela’s Candy, “collided with stricken horse into the turn and went down” but, says the writer, “walked off.”
Ruth’s Lotus was a 3-year-old filly under the whip for the third time. Her two previous races, both at Gulfstream: last of 7 January 11, last of 8 February 16. Two last-place finishes then an eight-month layoff. Hmm.
The awfulness below (hit “Replays,” “Mo 30,” “race 3”; the fall comes quickly at around the :30 mark). The track announcer, with palpable indifference, says, “We’ve had two go down there on the corner.” In a related note, after the kill, which unfolded in full view of the assembled, Mahoning ran five more races. Yes, of course they care…