Three horses were ambulanced off the Gulfstream Park West (formerly Calder) racetrack yesterday:
(in the 1st) “STASH THE CAT broke inward, bumped into inside foes, lacked response in the back, pulled up shortly after the wire and was vanned off after the race.”
(in the 6th) “FREE RANGE MAN stalked the pace along the inside, raced within striking distance along the rail in the final furlong but lacked a final kick to move nearing the wire, pulled up on the backstretch and was vanned off.”
(in the 7th) “FLAT IN CHARGE kept along five wide, lost the rider near the five sixteenths marker and vanned off after the race.”
Given what we know about the “vanned,” it’s a good bet that as you read this at least one of these horses is already dead. But you won’t find that information on the track’s website. In fact, there’s not a word – nothing – on the trio. This is horseracing.