Equibase’s retelling of the 4th at Louisiana yesterday: “Kool Yankee was pulled up entering the drive and euthanized.” The 5-year-old was under the whip for the 14th time; oh, and “For Sale” (at the bargain-basement price of $5,000) the day he died.
The stewards at Arizona Downs have confirmed that Tizjohndeersway was euthanized after being “vanned off” in the 3rd race there Saturday – “lame left front” was the official diagnosis. Arizona Downs is the reboot of Yavapai Downs, which closed in 2010. Track manager Ann McGovern had this to say (AzBigMedia) back in May:
“Families are searching for new experiences they can share together without draining their wallets. We’ve planned our entire summer season with families in mind, and we’re keeping it very affordable. We want parents and children alike who haven’t experienced horse racing to fall in love with the sport.”
Nothing screams family fun like watching horses die. For shame.
The NYS Gaming Commission has disclosed that Easy Livin, five, “collapsed on jogging track exercising and died” at Monticello Saturday. Again, she was five years old.
The following day, Ro Bear “died in the barn at Belmont from an apparent impaction colic.” No mention of euthanasia. Imagine that. Ro Bear was six and had been put to the whip 40 times, most recently at that same track in May.
For Monticello and Belmont, this makes 6 and 17 dead racehorses in 2019, respectively.
One day after a three-horse fall (still attempting to secure updates; one source has Hero’s Welcome as dead), Laurel Park saw a confirmed kill in the 2nd Sunday. According to Equibase, “Follow the Petals…forged clear under pressure leaving the three sixteenths then expired after falling soon past the sixteenth marker.”
“Expired after falling.”
Follow the Petals was five; this was her 35th time under the whip. Once again, Laurel struck all ugliness from the official replay – and yet, they still saw fit to show the Winner’s Circle celebration. (Follow the Petals is #5, jockey in red.)
An update on the 2-year-old Tiz Willow, who died of starvation in a Golden Gate stall back in January. The criminal (though not in the eyes of the law) animal-abuser Gustavo Medina was brought before the Golden Gate stewards June 2:
“Present were Medina his translator Rob Cochran, investigator Mike Alford and CHRB Staff Counsel Rob Brodnik. Mr. Brodnik questioned Mr. Medina at length about his lack of care for the horse Tiz Willow, as did the Stewards. Mr. Medina had no explanation other than the other horses at the ranch wouldn’t let Tiz Willow eat. Even if that were true Mr. Medina had almost two months to remedy the situation. When given the opportunity to present witnesses on his behalf and generally defend himself he had little to say and no witnesses…but finally when prompted by the Stewards for some response, mumbled ‘I’m Sorry.’ A decision will be forthcoming.”
“The other horses at the ranch wouldn’t let Tiz Willow eat.”
“Mumbled I’m sorry.”
Some human beings have little to no redeeming value.
The 10th at Monmouth yesterday, as relayed by Equibase: “Orra Moor…rallied to a short lead past the eighth pole, then was severely injured near the sixteenth pole…and was euthanized.” ‘Twas the 3-year-old filly’s 6th time under the whip.
In addition, this – all just yesterday:
Tizjohndeersway “vanned off” at Arizona
Parlapiano “vanned off” at Belmont
Curlin’s Prize “in distress, vanned off” at Belterra
Spicey Corona “vanned off” at Delta
Latent River “in distress, vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Cold Brewster “bled, vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Blazer “vanned off in distress” at Fairmount
Hero’s Welcome “fell, vanned off” at Laurel
Time Flies By “fell over the fallen Hero’s Welcome, DNF” at Laurel
Homefield “fell over the fallen Hero’s Welcome, vanned off” at Laurel
Soul Seekin “in distress, vanned off” at Louisiana
Brayden’s Start “fell, DNF” at Parx
Colonel Dax “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Penn
American Proud “appeared to injure herself, fell, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Note: The official Laurel Park “Replay Show” on YouTube completely edited-out the chain-reaction fall that necessitated ambulances for two horses – Hero’s Welcome and Homefield. I will update as information comes in.