The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Classy Cara was killed while training at Belmont Thursday. She was three and had been under the whip nine times.
According to the Equibase chart for the 10th at Remington on June 2, Special Candy High was “injured [and] vanned off.” And that, likely, is where it would have stayed, at least until my 2018 FOIA reports are filed. But two factors triggered (Racing) press coverage: First, this was a $1 million Grade 1 and the horse in question a budding “star”; second, there is a drugging controversy brewing (apparently, investigators saw a vet treating horses in the barn of Clinton Crawford – SCH’s trainer – after the cut-off). Bottom line here, Special Candy High is dead – “broke down in catastrophic fashion, with his left foreleg visibly dangling,” says the Paulick Report. Visualize that.
The Equibase line for Winning Edge, five, in the 6th at Thistledown yesterday: “WINNING EDGE chased the winner from the three path into the stretch, fell inside the furlong marker from injury and was euthanized.” Chattel till the bitter end, Winning Edge was “For Sale” at $5,000 the day she died. This is horseracing.
Cha Cha Charlie in the 7th at Louisiana last night, as relayed by Equibase: “CHA CHA CHARLIE forced the early pace from between foes, fell entering the second turn and was euthanized.” He was four; this was his 20th time under the whip.
At Finger Lakes yesterday morning, 6-year-old Schomberg broke down while training – euthanized, says the NYS Gaming Commission.
The latest Stewards Minutes from Golden Gate confirm the death of Califo Cat, who, according to Equibase, was “pulled up lame and vanned off” (or, in the words of the stewards, “was given a ride home in the horse ambulance”) in the 6th June 1. “Damaged” sesamoid. The 8-year-old was “For Sale” at $7,000 the day he died. In addition, there were three other kills reported – one training on May 30, and a pair training on June 3. Those names, however, were withheld.
And – in the “Vet Report” for Santa Anita for the week May 28-June 3, two “fatalities” are listed: one was Waya Ed on June 2; one remains anonymous.
This is horseracing.