From the most recent Stewards Minutes at Golden Gate: “NOVEMBER 26 – RACING FATALITY Sideman was injured at the 3/16 pole during the first race on the main track and was euthanized.” Sideman was three; this was his third race. In the previous two, both cheap claiming, he finished last and second-to-last, a combined 24+ lengths back. As multiple horses are killed on American tracks every day, no particular death should ever surprise. That said, with some, there are signs for the asking.
Also, should there be any lingering doubt as to how the racing people view their horses – as resources, commodities, means to economic ends – this from the 8th yesterday at Aqueduct: “CAROLINA SHAG…stepped past the quarter pole and was asked for more [was whipped], came out in midstretch becoming choppy-gaited, was put to a protective hold, bobbled taking a bad step in the final seventy yards, made it over the finish line for the last minor slice of the pot and after being pulled up on the clubhouse turn, was vanned off.”
“Was put to a protective hold.”
“Bobbled taking a bad step.”
“Vanned off after being pulled up on the clubhouse turn.”
But it’s all good – she “made it over the finish line for the last minor slice of the pot.”