As I posted, the 6th race at Penn National Friday night not only produced a breakdown but an unconscionable eight-minute lag before the medical staff arrived on the scene to euthanize. Credit, I suppose, should go to the chartwriter for calling out the responsible parties. Here is the note as it appeared Saturday morning:
Yesterday, that note was changed. But this was no mere tweak. Gone was the chartwriter’s editorializing but so, too, was any mention of a dead racehorse. Aspic was now simply “injured, vanned off.” This morning I awoke to yet another alteration. Someone at Penn (or Equibase) must have realized how bad this looks – as if one of their “athletes” dying on the field isn’t bad enough – and Aspic has once again been downgraded to dead, albeit without the eight minutes of suffering:
“ASPIC chased the pace on the outside, fell after suffering a catastrophic injury nearing the three eighths pole and was euthanized.”
“The Sport of Kings” is a ruse. Horseracing, in truth, is but a 20th Century gambling business that kills animals, regularly (over 2,000 a year on U.S. tracks alone). They do their damnedest to hide this, even, as the above attests, changing the facts as they go. It – horseracing – is a big lie. End it.