3-year-old Ol’ Bob was killed yesterday running in the 4th race at Louisiana Downs. In sum, Ol’ Bob ran six races, all for trainer C. Blaine Williams and owner Rio Mio Ranch.
Also yesterday, 2-year-old Summer Sanctuary broke down in Delaware Park’s 4th race and is presumed dead. For this equine child – roughly the equivalent of a pre-pubescent human – yesterday’s race was her second in 15 days. The notes say that Summer Sanctuary “was fractious and difficult to load.” Perhaps, Gilberto Santiago (jockey for both races) and Harry Painter (trainer and breeder), this poor creature was trying to communicate something. Apparently, deaf ears.
What a disgrace! Perhaps Trainer Harry along with co-breeder DR. Alison Painter and the track vet are all blaming the gate crew or something.
The blame rests squarely with those connected with the horse and, of course, the “sociopathic” industry that is racing. There are no “rules” remotely geared to the welfare of the horse. Starting a 2 yr. old twice in 15 days and forcing her into the gate is nothing short of animal abuse.
Agreed, Rose. Horseracing IS animal abuse.
RIP Ol’ Bob…and the same, very likely, to Summer Sanctuary, only 26 months old.
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