In the 2nd at Parx Sunday, this from Equibase: “GEORGIA BONNET was outrun while just off the rail, raced on her wrong lead and was lugging in through early stretch, her rider switched his whip to his left hand and hit GEORGIA BONNET repeatedly on the left side of her head through deep stretch.” The abuser atop, Tyrone Carter.
In the 2nd at Zia yesterday, “DUBLINS WILDBERRY flipped behind the gate then got loose briefly before being caught by the outrider, was a little fractious once in the gate, pressed the pace from inside a rival but off the fence, faded.” Yes, “faded” to the tune of 36 lengths back – after, again, “flipping,” “getting loose,” and being “fractious.”
This is horseracing.
Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse Racing (Equibase)
British Bulldog “was pulled up in apparent distress” at Delaware
Our Lunatic “was ridden back to the winners circle sore” at Parx
Uae Nonstop “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Rockport Birdie “vanned off” at Portland
Samurai Zip “taken up in apparent distress” at Presque Isle
Bc Kissmeinthedark “vanned” at Evangeline
Pilotos Sewell “vanned” at Evangeline
Claret Jug “stopped suddenly, fell, vanned off” at Remington
Landbank “fell suddenly…vanned off” at Remington
Pennsyltucky Lilly “broke down shortly after the start…euthanized” at Charles Town
Lulu Rocks “vanned off” at Charles Town
Matthew’s Thunder “vanned off” at Hawthorne
Trariti “fell, vanned home” at Indiana
Straight Tequila “fell galloping out then was euthanized” at Laurel
Rubys Fire “collapsed…and was euthanized on the track” at Laurel
Pianito Alluring Way “fell after wire, vanned off” at Lone Star
American Charm “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Put It Forward “was vanned off and euthanized” at Penn
Hiclass Return “vanned off” at Prairie
Hubba Bubba “vanned off” at Belmont
Jrs Lucky Fantasy “vanned” at Evangeline
Into Belief “vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Machismo “bled” at Keeneland
Come On Spanky “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
GS Wintermeyer “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Full of Charge “returned lame, vanned off” at Parx
Street Appeal “fell after wire, vanned off” at Parx
Distance Deal “vanned off” at Will Rogers
Top This Prize “fell after finish, vanned” at Zia
Will Be Valiant “fell after wire, vanned” at Zia
My Sweet Shangai “unruly like then dropped/fell…vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Greed Is Good “tragically suffered a catastrophic injury” at Parx
Fancy Stripe “vanned off” at Zia
The Equibase account of the 6th at Parx yesterday: “GREED IS GOOD tragically suffered a catastrophic injury to his left front about thirty yards from the finish. GREED IS GOOD’S momentum allowed him to cross the wire, he was pulled up quickly and he was euthanized on the track.”
“Momentum allowed him to cross the wire” after breaking down. Imagine that.
Greed Is Good was six and this was his 43rd time under the whip. A cheap claimer ($5,000), on three separate occasions this year he was raced twice in a week’s time. Just another disposable asset, disposed of.
Also, the most recent minutes at Santa Anita reveal two “fatalities” for the week September 24-September 30. Identities withheld.
Dead horses every day – this is horseracing.