After finishing last, some 52 lengths back in the 8th race at Los Alamitos Wednesday, 8-year-old Magic Mark, according to multiple sources, collapsed and died back in the barn. An 8-year-old horse, for those who may not know, should be just entering the prime of life – akin to a 21-year-old human being. As always with these things, the decidedly benighted mind of the racing apologist is laid bare for all to see:
Barbara Livingston of the Daily Racing Form (on Twitter): “Goodbye, Magic Mark, who collapsed following today’s Bertrando S. at Los Alamitos…condolences to all who loved him, including owner/breeders Dorine and John Lanza, and trainer Ron Ellis.”
An anonymous poster on “Thoroughbred Champions” forum: “His trainer, Ron Ellis, had said on TVG that the Benchmark gelding was doing very well preparing for the Bertrando. Condolences to Ron and all of MM’s connections.”
Yes, give your hearts, prayers, and sympathies to those responsible for killing this young horse. (“Fans” like the above are, of course, also responsible, for they make it all possible.) It’s Sick. It’s Twisted. It’s Horseracing.