One thing about the Thistledown chartwriter, he/she is a person of few words. The full writeup for Competent in the 7th yesterday: “made the lead a few strides out of the gate, took a bad step, pulled up and was euthanized.” Done. Dead. Competent was five, and this was her 18th race. In her penultimate one, April 30 at Churchill, she finished last of 12, 21 lengths back. Her exploiters: Mark and Jason Tomczak.

Saturday, the 5-year-old mare Holiday Chimes was raced at Fonner Park. Here is her chart note: “Holiday Chimes appeared to take one lunge and then propped at the break and unseated the rider, crashed through the inside rail before going a furlong and was injured and vanned off.”

So, she “crashed through the rail,” went another furlong, and only then was retrieved and “vanned off.” But wait, there’s more: “An inquiry was posted into the start,” the chartwriter relays, “and [the stewards] found that the horse caused its [its, not her] own trouble.” Holiday is in all likelihood dead (I will of course confirm), which, if so, means the Fonner officials are basically saying she killed herself. Adjectives fail.