The 10th at Parx yesterday afternoon, as relayed by Equibase: “LONDIE LOU…made a bold run while wide on the turn and into stretch, took the lead leaving furlong grounds, opened a clear lead with a sixteenth to go but then suffered a catastrophic injury in her right hind, was pulled up just past the wire and was euthanized.”
Viewed afresh, which is admittedly hard to do as I’ve reported thousands, these lines have a sort of otherworldly quality to them – like where and when are we living? What begins as a mundane sports recap – “made a bold run,” “opened a clear lead” – ends in death. Death. And it happens every day. America, awake.