Father Johns Pride Is First Racing-Kill at Saratoga

It took a while, but the Gaming Commission has finally confirmed the death of 3-year-old Father Johns Pride in Monday’s 7th race at Saratoga. This is the first racing fatality of the meet. (Lifeguard On Duty and Double Gold went down while training.) While some pass along thoughts and prayers to this young colt’s connections – jockey Irad Ortiz, trainer Eddie Kenneally, owner Joseph Bucci – we here at Horseracing Wrongs ask for, but surely will not receive, accountability. This is horseracing.

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  1. Pat, I agree, it is time that New York racetracks answer alot of questions. I could care less about the owners, trainers, vets and jockets of these poor thoroughbreds that are dying every day because of greed. I have already sent several emails to NYRA, NTRA, and talked with Chair, Gary Preplow, New York Racing and Waging Board. I also sent a confirmation email. I am done just making comments on your site about the horrific deaths at these racetracks. I wish others felt the same way and take action. I’m not finished by a long shot. There’s several other organizations I intend to contact about New York racetracks. My conversation with Mr. Preplow went well. I pointed out alot of factors that they ignore concerning these unnecessary deaths. I am not shy about what I believe in. He said he will call me back, but in my email to him, I made it clear that I wasn’t going to sit around and wait for his phone call. I’m just tired of these guttless and greedy people who use these poor horses as an instrument that eventually leads to an end, the death of these young horses. There has got to be other people, who read your reports, are not willing to sit on their butts and take action. I’m not angry, I’m just frustrated that there’s never a means to an end of these NY racetracks and their Board ignoring the wrongs that they contribute to, and are just as responsible for these deaths as the crazy owners, cruel/harsh trainers, vets and jockeys. I would like to share information from my research with you, but not here. Can you give me a contact email address? phone number? I’m not sure if I want to leave my personal info here.

    • Hi Diana, I’d be interested in knowing what you know. I tried to buy a gorgeous TB a few years ago but then owner sold him and others to a KB because he didn’t want to deal with it. Sickening!!!

  2. Pat,

    I have been doing so research, which you probably have already read. But, I have also sent several emails to certain people associated with the New York racetracks. Is this the only way I can contact you without others reading what I want to share with you?

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