Xten, three, was killed Friday during morning training at Santa Anita. According to Blood-Horse, the colt suffered “neurological issues” following a collision with another horse. Apparently, Xten remained on the track for some three hours as “[a] dozen or so people attempted to encourage [him] to get to his feet.” Eventually, unable to “get upright,” he was carried onto the ambulance and “vanned” away to be euthanized. Trainer Tim Yakteen had this to say: “It’s an inherent risk we all take every day.”

At Golden Gate April 12, Maydaymaydaymayday “was injured while training near the quarter pole…and was euthanized” (Stewards Minutes). The filly was not yet three and had been raced eight times. Also at that track, jockey Juan Hernandez was fined $500 for “causing welts [with his whip]” on his “mount” Aotearoa on April 7. That’s $500 for patent animal cruelty – the sham of “equine welfare” on full display, again.

Finally, two “fatalities” are listed in the Santa Anita Minutes for the week April 9-April 15. We know (from other sources) that one was My Sweet Emma in the 5th April 15; the other, however, remains unidentified.

Penn National again

In the 6th last night, the chartwriter reports this: “MO MON’S COPYCAT…came up tired and appeared to be eased down the stretch but was being whipped through the eighth pole then steadily eased from there.” “Being whipped,” that is, to a last-place, 32-lengths-back finish. The 6-year-old’s most recent eight races going in:

November 19 (2016), Parx – 7th (“For Sale” at $5,000 prior to race)
December 4, Parx – 9th, 20+ lengths back (“For Sale” at $5,000 prior to race)
January 31 (2017), Parx – last, 22+ lengths back (“For Sale” at $5,000 prior to race)
February 16, Penn – last, 33 lengths back (“For Sale” at $4,000 prior to race)
August 11, Laurel – 6th (“For Sale” at $6,500 prior to race)
September 10, Laurel – 9th (“For Sale” at $7,500 prior to race)
October 6, Laurel – 8th (“For Sale” at $6,500 prior to race)
November 13, Laurel – 7th (“For Sale” at $4,500 prior to race)

Again, yesterday: last, 32 back (and “For Sale” at $4,000 prior to). (trainer/owner for first four races: Luis Carvajal Jr; next three: Aparna Battula; current: Wayne Potts)

This is vile. This is horseracing.

The Equibase chart note for Jury Wise in the 6th at Mahoning yesterday: “trailed into the turn, fell midway on the turn and was euthanized.” Jury Wise was a 7-year-old mare who was being raced for the 44th time; she was worth $5,000 the day she died.

This note comes from the 6th at Gulfstream last Thursday: “SHANGHAI JEWEL continued clear unasked along inside upper stretch, rider went to uncock right handed whip, [the 2-year-old horse] shied when doing so, bounced off inside then fell over rail, lost rider, caught by the outrider and walked off after race.”

“…rider went to uncock right handed whip, shied when doing so, bounced off inside then fell over rail…” But the whip is just a harmless guide, right? Vile. Horseracing.

It appears we have a chartwriter(s) with a conscience. Two weeks after the Penn National writer outed the medical staff in Aspic’s death, these comments for races conducted there Friday night:

race 2: “MISS SPIDERWEB…came up tired and was eased for most of the stretch but was occasionally hit with the whip through the finish.” Miss Spiderweb finished last of 10 in a $4,000 claiming race – 38 lengths back. Jockey: Angel Rodriguez.

race 8: “MISTER OBVIOUS was hustled out of the gate but stayed well behind…was hard ridden through the finish but ultimately outrun.” Mister Obvious finished last of 6 in a $5,000 claiming race – 29 lengths back. Jockey: Christian Olmo.

“…was occasionally hit with the whip through the finish”; “…was hard ridden through the finish.” A combined 67 lengths in the rear. This is abuse. This is horseracing.

This from the Equibase charts for Penn Thursday (race 8): “SUNNYSIDE FRED chased the pace in the three path but was through after half a mile, was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased. CAPITANO RICARDO ran towards the rear but had no response and was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased.”

“…was through after half a mile, was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased.”

“…ran towards the rear…had no response and was hit with the whip through the finish despite being eased.”

This race, by the way, was a $5,000 maiden-claiming – the lowest of the lows. In the end, Sunnyside finished second-to-last (of 10), 44 lengths back; Capitano last, 56 lengths back. And again, they were whipped till the end. Sunnyside’s abuser atop was Edilberto Rodriguez; Capitano’s, Julio Hernandez.

This was Sunnyside’s 5th race. His previous four, all at Penn, were last, second-to-last, last, second-to-last – a combined 84 lengths back. His trainer and owner throughout – Bruce Kravets, Richard Trechak. Capitano hasn’t fared much better, finishing 4th or below in 9 of his 12 previous races (remember, still in the “maiden” category). His “connections”: Mark Salvaggio, Richard Spicer, D. William Spitler.

Vile people. Vile industry.