Multiple sources have confirmed that Magician’s Bullet is dead after “breaking down” in the 10th at Gulfstream Friday. He was five years old.
Yet again, the Penn National chartwriter offers some uncommon insight: In the 6th last night, Flashy Baron finished last – over 28 lengths back; the writer says “[he] was no factor the whole way despite being hard ridden through the finish.”
“Hard ridden” while hopelessly out of it. Edwin Rivera was the jockey.
Flashy Baron is a 2-year-old who was being raced for the second time this week. Yes, that’s right, on Monday he came in 8th of 9 in a Parx claiming – 18 lengths behind (“far back” on the chart). Wait, it gets worse. The race before that, November 6 at Parx: last, 31 lengths back (with Rivera also atop on this one). October 24: 6th of 8, 18 lengths back. That’s four “career starts” for this pubescent equine – with an average lengths-back of 24. Abuse. Cruelty. Horseracing. The trainer/breeder is Charles Cuprill.