8-year-old Casey’s On Call is dead after breaking down in Wednesday afternoon’s 2nd race at Hawthorne. If not for a pair of dinged up jockeys, this death likely would have gone unnoticed, for, you see, Casey’s On Call was just another cheap horse (a $5,000 claimer) running at a cheap track. This is horseracing.
Casey’s On Call is another example of what happens to horses in this “Sport of Kings”. This 8-year-old horse ran in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2009, made over 228K for his connections, then labors in 5K claiming races at the end of his “career”. All that money…and he is raced to his death.
Casey’s On Call, where were all of those “good people” in racing when you were waiting for someone to get you the hell out? No one gave a damn.
RIP Casey’s On Call.
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