5-year-old Gingerbred Girl’s last place finish in a $5,000 claiming race Saturday at Suffolk Downs was described thus:

“Gingerbred Girl trailed, lost contact with the field before the half-mile pole and was put to strong right-handed whipping to the final furlong while steadily getting further behind.”

To repeat, she trailed and lost contact with the field before receiving a “strong right-handed whipping,” a whipping, by the way, that bore no fruit – Gingerbred finished 44 1/4 lengths back. 5th place in this race, the best jockey Rigo Sarmiento could hope for, was worth $270. Mr. Sarmiento should be arrested for animal abuse.

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Gingerbred Girl has only been raced five other times. Follows are four of those:

7/28/12, last of 11 – trainer/owner David Wallace
6/16/13, 13th of 14 – trainer/owner Charles Bell
6/27/13 (11 days after 13th-place finish), 6th of 7, 30 3/4 lengths back – Bell
7/14/14, last of 8 – Bell

A Standardbred named Superbe Rulah died Wednesday at Monticello of an undisclosed cause. Apparently, Superbe Rulah was scheduled to race at a fair in Honesdale, Pennsylvania on that same day but was scratched. According to the Gaming Commission, “[the] investigation continues.”

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On Friday, 7-year-old Banker Bailout, a virtual career claimer with 47 purse-runs, foundered and was euthanized at Finger Lakes. She was last raced on July 3rd (at Finger Lakes) under trainer/owner Molly Hilderbrant. 19 horses have died at Finger Lakes Racetrack since April. This is horseracing.

Parx Racing – a racino track – lost two horses in a half-hour span this afternoon:

In the 6th race, 4-year-old De Rage Girl “broke down in her right front leaving the furlong grounds and was humanely euthanized.” The filly was trained by Janet Polachek and owned by White Lightening Stable. In the 7th, 3-year-old Trail Blaze, trained by Derek Ryan and owned by Stonestreet Stables et al., “broke down in his right front…was eased and subsequently humanely euthanized.” In his penultimate start, February 1st at Gulfstream, Trail Blaze finished 8th of 9 under Todd Pletcher.

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3-year-old Western Sword broke down in last night’s 8th race at Penn National and is dead. This was the gelding’s fourth start, all under trainer Edward Allard and owner/breeder Gilbert Campbell. In a short two months, his value – as measured by the “for sale” tag – had dropped from $25,000 (in his first race on June 9th) to yesterday’s $7,500. Now, he is worth nothing. This is horseracing.

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7-year-old Maji Moto, trained and owned by Dennis Waite, “took a bad step” and broke down Monday night at Mountaineer (race 7); he can be presumed dead. Follows are seven of the gelding’s last eight finishes (all under Waite):

6/30/14, Mountaineer, last of 6, 21 3/4 lengths back
5/18/14, Mountaineer, last of 7, 27 1/2 lengths back
4/27/14, Mountaineer, last of 6, 20 1/2 lengths back
4/19/14, Mountaineer, last of 4, 26 1/4 lengths back
10/29/13, Mountaineer, last of 8, 26 1/4 lengths back
9/29/13, Mountaineer, 9th of 10, 25 lengths back
8/25/13, Mountaineer, last of 9, 19 1/2 lengths back

Breakdown no longer imminent – breakdown achieved.

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