“I think I’m going to build something on his legacy. We’re supposed to keep going. This horse came into our lives and touched us.” – owner Jim Thompson, Horse Racing Nation
“God put that horse in my life for a reason – to give me a taste of what it’s all about. I will honor that moment.” trainer Mike Rone, Horse Racing Nation
Trigger Warning, three, is dead after suffering a break at the end of the 7th at Mahoning Monday. We know this because – and only because – this was a $250,000 “stakes race” (the highlight of lowly Mahoning’s calendar), and TW was a $500,000-earning, five-win colt coming off a Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup race earlier this month. (While my year-end FOIA reporting catches much of the killing, this, because it happened at the hospital, is one that may have flown under the radar.)
Still, these types of kills never fail to befuddle me: I can post this and all is quiet within racing circles – not a peep to be heard. But when a “star” goes down, we’re treated to a social-media torrent of “thoughts, prayers, and condolences” and (disgusting) quotes like the ones above. Is this just an uncanny ability to compartmentalize or simple, unadulterated moral-bankruptcy? You decide.