Each day, I review the Equibase charts of every Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse race run in the U.S. the day before. The goal: to identify and document as many of racing’s casualties as possible. Unfortunately, some fall through the cracks – fatally injured horses who according to the charts finish their races without incident. If not for NY’s unique public database, 5-year-old Kissinginthedark would have been one of those. Per the chartwriter at Finger Lakes Friday, the Rafael Ramos-trained (and owned) mare completed the course (race 1) unscathed: “stalked the early pace on the outside, faded through the second turn and was outrun.” In truth, Kissinginthedark broke and died.
Because this was a $5,000 claiming race at lowly Finger Lakes, Kissinginthedark’s death passed unnoticed in, as far as I can tell, every media outlet in America. The sad truth is that save for here (and on Ramos’ 2014 tax return), this tragic creature is already forgotten. This is the horseracing they don’t want us to know about.