Just Another Saturday at the Races

Yesterday on American tracks:

In the 1st at Pimlico, Ellies Tattle Tale, five years and one day old, broke down and can be presumed dead. It was the gelding’s 6th time under the whip in 2015: 8th of 9 (16+ lengths back), disqualified, 7th of 10 (22+ back), last of 7 (37 back), last of 7 (16+ back). Most recent connections: Willie Kee, Kavita Springs Racing.

Also, 3-year-old Evening Light was a “pulled up, vanned off” in the 6th at Turf. This was the filly’s second “career” start; her first was two weeks ago (also at Turf) – “pulled up, vanned off.” Two for two. Connections: Greg Tracy, Darrell Landry.

And finally, in the 2nd at Fonner, 3-year-old Diamonds Finest “reared badly to hit his head hard on the top of the stall in the starting gate then stumbled when coming down, saved ground and moved up late then pulled up in distress.” But fear not, the chartwriter says, for the brave warrior “walked off under his own power.”

Happy Easter.

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  1. Ellie’s Tattle Tale should not have been near the track let alone starting every 2 weeks. His connections killed him They should be ashamed but one needs a conscience for that
    Also, Evening Light was started just 2 weeks after her last race regardless of her physical and psychological immaturity as well as her skeletal vulnerability. I suppose she is dead, killed by the racing business and nobody in this sorry business bats an eye.
    The very least the “good people” in racing can do is to speak up and demand uniform standards of care with rules to protect the horse. Their silence is deafning !

    Dana Head Page
    We have Willie listed on AAL’s FB page as a courtesy post for Terri Stemper I hope she is getting some applications coming in
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    Alicia Sch alive.

  2. Another sad day for these poor babies. I hope that “Evenings Light” and “Diamonds Finest” are OK, and pull through. R.I.P. Ellies Tattle Tale.

    One good thing that happened today, Fasig Tipton, Texas is going out of business!!! Tuesday will be its last sale of throughbred’s. Hooray!! Little by little we will get there… when this whole industry goes bye, bye!! Marlene Thornley

    • Amen. Marlene! We are experiencing small victories. For every track that closes, for every sale that closes, for every decline in revenue, it is a small step in the right direction. For all those that get a “thrill” from watching horses put their lives on the line, those racing apologists will have a get a “thrill” somewhere else.

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