The NYS Gaming Commission’s “report” on 4-year-old Anchor at Belmont yesterday: “horse was found dead in stall.” “Found dead.” In an ethical world, trainer Brian Lynch would be made to answer for this. But this is horseracing; ethics don’t apply.
In the two most recent editions of the Santa Anita Stewards Minutes, four “fatalities” are noted. We know (from other sourcing) that one was Dial Me In on March 23. The other three, it appears, have perished in anonymity.
Finally, the Golden Gate stewards report that trainer Natalie Houle was fined $500 on March 31: “The ruling was issued after Ms. Houle met with the Stewards and acknowledged working the horse Holladay Visit within seventy-two hours of the horse being placed on the Veterinarian’s List. Ms. Houle stated she made a mental error and thought it was a different horse that was placed on the Veterinarian’s List.”
“Mental error; thought it was a different horse.” Vile. Horseracing.