In yesterday afternoon’s 9th race at Parx, 3-year-old National Prayer broke down and was killed. The colt, passed around like an unruly foster child, was under his fourth different trainer in the past 12 months. Worse, in that same span, he was sold twice and was on the market (for $7,500) again yesterday. So, I wonder, was National Prayer “like part of your family,” Brittany Stover? Top Racing? Cecil Clugston? Right.
Also on Saturday, 4-year-old Baby Harlow broke down in the 9th race at Charles Town, and 7-year-old Atthebuzzer, making his 61st start, broke down in race 7 at Delta Downs. 61 starts. This is horseracing.