4-year-old Conquest Two Step (pictured below) is dead from a training injury suffered Saturday at Santa Anita (euthanized Monday). We know this because this was a top-tier colt being prepped for a top-tier race. Thus, it was widely reported. And of course with that, comes the garbage…
Trainer Mark Casse (Blood-Horse):
“It’s tough on everybody. Dory and Ernie have a lot of horses, but this horse was very special to them. Dory’s screen saver was a picture of him and Ernie. These horses — unless you’re involved in it — it would be tough to understand. They’re family members.”
Co-owner Ernie Semersky (Facebook):
“With heartfelt sorrow, Dory and I numbly announce the loss of our treasured pal, Conquest Two Step. Everyone who met him was captivated by his beauty and charisma. More than his world-class athlete status, he was a playful, charming lad who loved to run. Dory and I always felt he looked as if he was playing when he was out on the racetrack with the other horses, yet his talent level was so high he usually became the leader! In fact, out of his nine races, he won three, placed in three and showed in two.
In the summer of 2013, Two Step fractured his leg, and with surgery, best care and rest, he came back to race again. He achieved his highest honor just a few months ago by winning the Palos Verdes-G2 Stakes. Unfortunately he broke his hind leg while exercising last Saturday, and our vet had to make the difficult call to put him out of his pain last night. We know that we join in with many others who won’t ever forget this magnificent colt.
Ernie, Dory and Team Conquest”
In a word, revolting. They enslave and exploit (to the tune of $300,000+ in just 11 starts) a helpless animal and then cry when he is killed as a direct result of their ignoble actions. “Family member,” “treasured pal,” “the leader!” – “playing when he was out on the racetrack”? These people make me sick.