The vileness at Charles Town Thursday was worse than I originally reported. Yes, a horse “appeared injured and was vanned off” in the 1st and another “fell and [was] euthanized” in the 2nd. But I missed one and for that, I apologize. Also in that 2nd race, 3-year-old Time to Shine, after “[showing] no response to steady encouragement” (whipping, that is), “collapsed post race and had to be euthanized.” So, that’s (at least) two dead “athletes” on the abbreviated night.
Read in its entirety, the Equibase account of the 2nd should strike a chord:
“TIME TO SHINE pressured the pace three wide, dropped back leaving the quarter pole, bore out into the stretch, showed no response to steady encouragement, collapsed post race and had to be euthanized. DOMINIC THE QUICK chased the pace toward mid track, showed no response in the three and four paths of the turn, lugged in through the lane, was injured and fell nearing the wire and had to be euthanized.”
How is this even remotely acceptable in 21st Century America?