In the 5th at Penn, “CIRCLE UNBROKEN suffered a catastrophic injury to his left front before going a furlong and was humanely destroyed” (Equibase). Destroyed, yes; “humanely,” decidedly not. Circle Unbroken was one of those plebeian claimers being hammered into the dirt – nine years old, 46 races, run twice in 12 days three different times since March – at a cheap, slots-propped track.
By contrast, in her very first time under the whip, 3-year-old Kinley Karole “went wrong” in the 1st at Churchill. To those who may not be in the know, “went wrong” – most especially in Kentucky – almost invariably means dead.
Finally, the under-tack workouts for the upcoming Fasig-Tipton Midlantic “2-Year-Olds in Training Sale” were, says the Thoroughbred Daily News, “marred by the fatal breakdown of [Cat Three B], who fell to the track entering the backstretch while galloping out after his furlong work…” Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning Jr. had this to say: “Unfortunately, we had a horse that suffered an injury and was unable to be saved and was put down on the racetrack.” “Unfortunately.” “Marred.” Vile.