According to Equibase, My Perfect Gem was “pulled up and vanned off [after] appearing in distress” in the 4th at Finger Lakes yesterday. We now know (NYS Gaming Commission) that that “distress” translated to death back in the barn. My Perfect Gem was four, and this was his 17th time under the whip.
Also yesterday at Finger Lakes:
In the 2nd, “LOHENGRIN TWO [the ‘winner’]…responded and was kept to the whip to the end.”
In the 3rd, “SUNDANCE JOY [the ‘winner’]…was whipped left handed leaving the sixteenths pole…”
In the 4th, “ANYTHING PAZIBLE slammed at the start…ADIRONDACK DREAM ducked in slamming QUALITY ISLAND at the start…QUALITY ISLAND slammed by ADIRONDACK DREAM at the start.”
This is horseracing.