On the chart (Equibase) for the 6th at Mountaineer Monday, Obscene Britches was said to have “[taken] a bad step, falling near the three eighths pole, vann[ed] off after the race.” In fact, she is dead – euthanized, according to a trusted source, right where she lay. The 7-year-old mare’s track history reads as tragic as her very life.
First raced at four, OB was seemingly taken off the track in November 2016 after a last-place finish at Mountaineer. But then she resurfaced 18 months later; five Mountaineer races followed, all for trainer Jami Poole and owner Louise Poole: May 27, last, 42+ lengths back; June 20, “fractious, broke rank, eased, DNF”; July 24, second-to-last, 32+ lengths back; August 29, 8th of 10, 14+ lengths back; September 24 – dead.
Not coincidentally, Mountaineer is a racino track, meaning it is being artificially propped up by public dollars from casino games, and as is typical for these kinds of tracks, it pays first through last, giving the Pooles every incentive to keep running this poor animal out there, no matter her “ability.” (OB was “earning” about $175 for her “connections” each time out.) Cruel, callous people; cruel, callous industry.
Also – this from the 4th at Zia Monday: “MISS Q WHO…began to drift out a bit under a left-handed whip and was thereupon corrected with right-handed use of the whip, having straightened out, the rider switched again to a left-handed whip in the final strides…vanned off.” Whipped to a “win” – “vanned” away. This is horseracing.