All’s Well With Accolade’s Owner and Trainer – Man Who Repeatedly Punched Their Horse Is Sorry, and Besides, He’s “Best on the Team”

In the wake of the assault of Accolade at Delaware Park last Thursday, his owner, Glenn Fagan, gave this statement to WDEL:

“As the owner of ACCOLADE, the 3yr old gelding that was beaten in the head by the assistant starter on Thursday in the gate, I am disgusted at what I witnessed. I am bothered by the fact that the head starter after witnessing this attack didn’t pull my horse from the race or at the very least make him a non starter for all the people that had wagered on him. The time, effort and patience needed to have your horse ready to compete at a top level on a specific day and race is difficult, not to mention expensive. The one factor that people can’t handicap, is an employee of Delaware Park taking his frustrations out on your horse.

I am happy to see the outrage and indignation that this matter has received on social media. My 14 yr old daughter and I travel 50 minutes each weekend to feed Accolade his favorite snack, peeled red delicious apples and baby carrots. She was in tears watching our horse getting beaten over and over and over and over and over again. She didn’t sleep Thursday night, as the image of the abuse replayed in her mind. …If this type of behavior is routine in the racing business, then I must rethink my participation in the sport of kings. I am not a litigious person, but the lack of empathy on the behalf of Delaware Park is intolerable.”

While Mr. Fagan seems a bit more concerned with his (and the bettors’) monetary interests here, there appears to be at least some anger in how his horse was treated (though I’d wager that has more to do with his daughter’s feelings than his own). But then, he offered this followup to the station:

“When I made my statement to you I was extremely upset over the incident that occurred at Delaware Park on Thursday. My trainer, Abel Castellano had not informed me that upper management, John Mooney, had not only reached out to him, but had sent the State Veterinarian to check on the welfare of Accolade as well. Though I personally have not heard anything from Delaware Park, I’m glad to know that they were concerned for the safety of my horse.

Abel had also informed me that the assistant starter involved in the incident, someone that he had known well and respected, had apologized to him as well. I understand that this man has worked for Delaware Park for some 20 years in an extremely dangerous job and a moment of frustration shouldn’t ruin his life. Able informed me that he is the best and most experienced starter on the team.”

So, this animal-abuser (who should have been arrested) is acquitted (in Fagan’s mind) because he apologized and works “an extremely dangerous job.” So much for “rethinking his participation in The Sport of Kings.” Look, since buying Accolade on March 23 of this year, Fagan has had him “For Sale” twice – April 19 at Gulfstream, May 27 at Pimlico. And that, people, is all you need to know about how he truly views these animals – the “apples and carrots” drivel aside, just things to be used. But even more telling is this: A man who punched – punched – a horse four times in the head is, according to the horse’s trainer, “the best on the team.” You can’t make this stuff up.

Accolade, before and after Thursday’s race…

credit: WDEL

credit: WDEL

(full WDEL article)

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  1. Where is the justice for this poor horse. Humans are certainly not the only ones traumatized. I love horses and hope the day comes when horse racing of any kind is banned across the country

  2. “and a moment of frustration shouldn’t ruin his life” but it’s okay to beat the horse in the head, or run the horse into the ground, or dope the horse so the horse can be run into the ground…we should be forgiving to this animal abuser…I don’t think so. There are too many animal abusers in this from the officials at the track to the veterinarians who dope the horses to the owners and trainers who exploit these innocents. Yes, a moment of frustration should ruin the head starter’s life. Isn’t it amazing that when a horse communicates what they are feeling, trying to tell people what they don’t want to do, they are beaten for it. BEATEN!!! None of these people should be allowed around horses. And as for the upper management of the track, had they cared about the horse in the first place, they would have pulled him from that race. Stay with the lack of empathy from Delaware Park, owner of Accolade, because as far as I’m concerned it’s all about show. They couldn’t care less about your horse or anyone else’s.

    • This time he was caught !
      How many other times was he “frustrated” and took it out on a horse ? How much “frustration” do these people suffer from !!
      Abuse is rampant in this business and nobody in the business does anything about it.
      Animal abuse is disgusting and speaks volumes in terms of character of the abusers as well as those who tolerate it.

  3. You truly cant make this up. It is pathetically apparent money is the only thing that matters in horse racing. The poor horses are the pawn. Wake up people, the reality is its an appallingly abusive activity for people with no conscience

  4. Well, I tried to bring up a tear for your poor daughter…Sorry, couldn’t find one tear. You should trot her little self down to a kill pen, where nearly 90% of race horses end up at. I’ll go with you, and then throw myself on the ground in a screaming, hysterical fit, as they are loaded onto a truck for slaughter…..

  5. This is absolutely out rages an apology are you kidding me this is total abuse! This is the reason I think horseracing should be banned I don’t care how much money is involved in this! He has done this many times before I am sure he only got caught this time didn’t think the cameras were rolling I guess. An apology I would rip my horse out of there and sue the shit out of them

  6. I HAVE seen trainers, grooms, hot walkers & ALL horse “handlers” on the race track do the most APPALLING & DISGUSTING THINGS to poor innocent animals during my prior life on the race track ( 15 years behind the scenes, will give a sensitive animal loving person PTSD ), it will get you into fights, get you investigated, get you sent to the stewards , YOU WILL BE TREATED LIKE A CRIMINAL IF YOU TAKE THESE ABUSERS TO THE “HIGHER UPS” IN THIS MONEY DRIVEN “SPORT” & I PERSONALLY HAVE TAKEN MY RAGE OUT ON THE HUMANS WHO I SAW DO THIS, ( as an animal advocate my entire life, I had to get away from this
    “sport” and can not bear to even watch or hear about it, EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THESE PAGES
    IS 100% TRUE ), & taking your complaint to the “top” would DO NOTHING, AS ALL THEY ARE INTERESTED IN IS $$$$$$. I HAVE SEEN TRAINERS BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF BABY HORSES WITH LEATHER GIRTHS WITH METAL BUCKETS, I HAVE SEEN HOT WALKERS SHANK & SHANK & HANG ON METAL LIP CHAINS UNDER A HORSES TOP LIP( THESE ARE USED DAILY & RITUALISTICALLY INSTEAD OF HAVING WELL TRAINED HORSES ABUSE IS USED TO CONTROL THEM, I HAVE SEEN A GROOM LITTERALLY HANG ON A HORSES TONGUES WHO REFUSE TO BE BRIDLED FOR THE ABUSE HE WILL SUFFER IN THE MOUTH ONCE BRIDLED, YANKED, PULLED ON, JERKED ( a horses mouth is like ours HIGHLY SENSITIVE & SHOULD BE TREATED WITH GREAT CARE ) , I PERSONALLY HAVE GONE FIST TO CUFFS WITH MEN ( I’d have to say males are 98% of the abusersARE PROVIDERS IN THIS COUNTRY ) , CRIMINALS THAT HOP THE BORDER ARE THE MAJORITY OF THE “HORSE CARE PROVIDERS” OF THESE ANIMALS ABUSERS, TAKING YOUR COMPLAINTS TO SECURITY against illegl aliens or trainers WILL ONLY GET YOU THE ANIMAL SAVIOUR IN DEEP TROUBLE, YOU WILL BE PERSECUTED, LOSE YOUR JOB, BE INVESTIGATED BY SECURITY ETC….. I HAVE SEEN THE HORRORS OF ABUSE OF THESE POOR CAGED ANIMALS SUFFER & IF THE PUBLIC KNEW HOW OFTEN IT HAPPENED (I DAILY). THEY MAY HAVE AN UPRISING AGAINST THIS CRUEL, DRUG RIDDEN “SPORT” . I ONCE LOVED RACING, THE AS A YOUNG WOMAN, WAS ENTHRALLED WITH THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY, UNTIL I WAS IN IT FOR OVER 15 YEARS I BECAME MORE & MORE DISGUSTED WITH THE OUTRAGEOUS MONSTERS WHO ARE ALLOWED TO TOUCH THESE HIGHLY SENSITIVE & MAJESTIC ANIMALS. SOMEONE PLEASE DEAR GOD DO SOMETHING TO HELP THESE POOR HORSES. THE ONLY REASON THEY ARE ON THIS PLANET IS TO BE ABUSED IN RACING, EVERY DAY OF THEIR LIVES THEY LIVE OJN THE RACETRACK.

    • Oh boy – have I been waiting for a comment like this for a long time.
      Thanks Lexi.
      Everything you say is 100% correct.
      I know, and I experienced it.
      To sum it up: they have a goon squad that makes your life a living hell if you speak out in the stable area.
      They did it to me, and I watched them do it to others.
      The people who they uphold, support, and promote are the multiple drug violators, the cheaters, the racehorse killers, the racehorse beaters, and/or the ones who send them to slaughter.
      These people are the ones who ensure that their races and wagering coffers are filled, and that no remorse is displayed to expose them for what they are: racehorse abusers and killers.
      For every single track that closes I rejoice knowing that racehorse lives will be saved.
      Horse racing is an entire culture of racehorse cruelty, and abuse.

  7. this is just another installment of a story that should be ended. The video of I think Freeze the Assets showed me just how much danger the jockeys are in. I saw that the other day. The jockeys are doing what they do voluntarily so I guess they have to take their chances.

  8. UPDATE: The Assistant Starter was just 100% exonerated today citing that punching a horse when it’s “fractious” in the gate is standard operating procedures.
    http://live.drf.com/nuggets/43303-delaware-park-assistant-starter-exonerated-by-racing-commission-will-be-reinstated
    So whipping/beating, doping, and punching a horse in the face is okay with this business.
    Notice how the owner immediately went silent and even brushed it off.
    Wonder what arrangement they came to with this guy.
    The horse MUST RUN it must fulfill it’s wagering income and if that means beating the crap out of it then that’s just fine with this repulsive business where horses are merely gambling pawns.
    Don’t for one moment think that this business “cares” for them like family members.
    They only care when they are generating money and subsequently considered disposable commodities otherwise.
    Of course maiming, and dying is part of this business as well.
    All of this would be grounds for animal cruelty charges in any other setting in America.
    This is outrageous!
    How and why is this permitted to continue??
    Americans we can do better than this.
    VILE.

    • EVERYTHING THE ESTABLISHMENT /GOVERNMENT IS INVOLVED IN IS 100% CORRUPT & CAN NOT BE STOPPED. WELCOME TO HORSE RACING – SICK

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