I have confirmed that 3-year-old Frat Man was euthanized for a catastrophic injury suffered Wednesday at Charles Town (race 7). Prior to his fatal run, Frat Man had nine 2014 starts – these included:
1/29, last, 13 3/4 lengths back, trainer John Robb
4/11, last, 12 lengths back, trainer Robb
5/3, last, 13 3/4 lengths back, trainer Robb
6/27, last, 12 lengths back, trainer Robb
8/1, second-to-last, trainer Robb
8/22, second-to-last, trainer Manolo Mangual
If Frat Man’s death was not entirely predictable, it still should come as no surprise: He was a gelding descending into the claiming netherworld, a workhorse whose sole function in life was to earn for men. Today, he is all but forgotten, replaced ever so easily by the next not-yet-mature equine up. This is horseracing.