The 12th at Gulfstream yesterday was a $100,000 Grade 3; given that (and the track itself), it was sure to garner press attention. So, when Equibase reported 6-year-old Send It In as “fell, vanned off,” I knew it wouldn’t take much digging to learn more. The Sun Sentinel: “The race was marred by the breakdown of Send It In on the far turn. Jockey John Velazquez was able to walk away but Send It In had to be euthanized.”
Equibase did, however, provide more detail on the run (his first) of 3-year-old Paiges Magic Man in the 6th at Mahoning: “PAIGES MAGIC MAN bore out sharply at the start, chased outside, went bad into turn, lost the rider and subsequently vanned off after [italics added] being euthanized on the race track.”
Finally, 5-year-old Goliath’s Girl “broke down” in the 1st at Golden Gate; “broke down,” for the uninitiated, is racing-speak for dead. Track announcer Matt Dinerman took to Twitter with these gems:
“Frank [the jockey] has been placed on a backboard and has been loaded into the ambulance. Our thoughts are with Frank and the connections of Goliath’s Girl.”
“Jockey Frank Alvarado posted on his Facebook page that he is ‘just bruised and sore.’ Good news to hear as that incident in Race 1 could have been a lot more serious.”
“Could have been a lot more serious.” I’m out of adjectives.