“And we have a fallen horse; God bless our riders.” – announcer at Tampa Bay Downs
“Praying they [the jockeys] are o.k.!! Looked scary!!!” – comment on TBD’s FB page
The fallen horse referenced above was R Kinsley Doll, four, and she is dead – killed in the 2nd at Tampa yesterday. How telling that the announcer’s first instinct, after witnessing what he surely knew was a catastrophic breakdown, was to petition the almighty to “bless our riders.” How equally telling that a “fan” prays for the jocks but utterly fails to acknowledge the dead animal (and uses five exclamation points, to boot). Disgusting, but honest. Fact is, their occasional declarations of familial love aside, this industry sees the common racehorse as a thing to be used, a vehicle for making and winning money. If one should happen to die, it’s bring out the van, clear the course, and on to the next race. All’s good, so long as the humans are okay.
I’m out of words.
http://www.tampabaydowns.com/racing/fan-central/track-side-video-and-replays (“Replays”; “Sun 28”; race 2) (breakdown occurs around :50 mark)