“Sustained an Injury and Was Euthanized on the Track”

The end for Any Darn Day came in the 8th race at Laurel Park yesterday afternoon: “cleared early, set the pace in about the two path, began being pulled up leaving the five and a half furlong marker, sustained an injury and was euthanized on the track.” Any Darn Day was three; he was “For Sale” the day he died.

Then this, also from Equibase, in the 11th at Gulfstream: “UGLICH was bumped, crowded and taken up after the start, broke down around the first turn and was vanned off.” “Broke Down,” of course, is this industry’s euphemism of choice for dead. Uglich was under the whip for the very first time.

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  1. Enough is enough of this barbaric ritual ….. someone had to be the grownup with guts to stand up to this cult organization of pay to play

  2. UGLICH’s history seems to strongly indicate that all was not well since he was a yearling or even earlier.
    He only sold for $15,000 at the prestigious Keeneland yearling sale.
    Now I realize that $15,000 dollars is a lot of money to many of us, but this is considered very cheap for a horse with this breeding.
    It’s very possible that his x-rays, scope or other diagnostics (most are mandatory now at this sale and available at the repository for prospective buyers) indicated that something was wrong, which probably resulted in the sale price well below the median for this sale.
    If I’m correct than this horse was probably suffering or had an issue since he was, minimum, a yearling.
    His official workouts, according to Equibase, strongly indicate that something was seriously wrong.
    The times of the workouts are turtle speed for any horse so this horse seemed to be protecting something.
    Again, the secret doping/vet records masks all of this up, and I bet my bottom dollar that they would show ongoing issues that became much worse, and very dangerous as time went on.
    If correct, than his connections had total disregard for his health and welfare which doesn’t surprise me.
    He didn’t even make it past the first turn in his first race so this issue was very bad, was probably present as a yearling or earlier, and was continually masked with dope to keep him going.
    Of course this is all speculation, but the records of Uglich seem to indicate that he was an accident waiting to happen, but aren’t they all?

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