Four Ambulanced Off at Ruidoso

On a single day at a single track – Friday, Ruidoso Downs:

In the 5th, Balderinas Legacy required an ambulance to get off the track.

In the 6th, Comin to Your Town required an ambulance to get off the track.

In the 8th, Flash Theory required an ambulance to get off the track.

In the 10th, Jessa Smoocher required an ambulance (“fell after wire”) to get off the track. Same race: A Perfect Diva “fell over fallen foe.”

This is horseracing.

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  1. This is one of the worst tracks in operation, and it should be shut down. The number of breakdowns is shameful. Entering your horse to compete at this track, there is a 50/50 chance that he/she will end up seriously injured or dead. Stop betting people and give these horses a chance to live the life they were meant to live. Is that $2.00 bet really that important. Do you think it is more important than the precious life of a innocent living creature? Buying a lottery ticket doesn’t hurt anyone, and you are probably saving a life. Marlene Thornley

    • Yes Marlene. It’s true but the reason @ this track is the Mexican Cartel & cattle/oilmen. In NY, it’s different. It’s the Mafia. Believe me when I say I know. I live “just down the road” from Ruidoso Downs and I worked the NY/Ca circuit. In my town, they almost resumed horse slaughter. Remember this evil combo – Gov’t Corruption, Cattlemen, Cartel, $$$$$ & Oil.


        They are still trying to bring horse slaughter back to US and are voting on an amendment on Thursday.
        AQHA is the group that is front and center in trying to reopen horse slaughter plants in the US..

        The horse slaughter lobby is a set of fronts and organizations (in some cases comprised of just one or a few individuals) that make a monetary profit out of defending the existence of horse slaughtering, either directly or indirectly, or that use it as an excuse to further a concrete political agenda, which in almost every case implies an economical profit, be it merely from lobbying or by certain industrial strategies related to cutting down production costs.

        In fact, almost any piece of pro-slaughter propaganda, misinformation and horse-butchering eulogy published in the past ten years can be traced back to the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), despite the efforts of the Amarillo-based breed registry to conceal their origin by developing a network of think-tanks and phony “non-profit” organizations.

        AQHA is by far the most important breed registry in the world, with over 3 million horses registered.

        The trail of blood money, from the political machinery within the beltway to the lobby promoters to the national and state organization to the fake non-profits to the breed associations lead straight to the doorstep of the AQHA. The workers are the roughly 60 killer-buyers that do the dirty work while the others rake in the benefits. The money from the actual slaughter process is about as much as would be made by a large used car lot, but the ever increasing circle of involvement up the trail of money involves millions upon millions of dollars.

      • CORRECTION: Vote is Not for the actual Horse Slaughter Bill but the amendment that would stop horse slaughter plants from reopening in the US.


      • Republicans narrowly blocked an amendment to a spending bill Wednesday that would have defunded inspections of horse slaughter facilities.

        The amendment from Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) would have prohibited funding for the inspection of horse slaughter facilities, which would effectively prevent them from operating.

        GOP appropriators defeated the proposal in a 24-24 vote during a markup of a bill to fund the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration.

        For the last three years, Farr said the USDA has asked Congress to defund the practice in its budget requests.


        “Supporting this amendment does not stop the slaughter of horses,” said Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), chairman of the subcommittee that oversees the bill.
        Aderholt argued the practice would just be moved “off-shore” and “out of sight.”

        Democrats, however, said the practice is not humane and Congress has previously stated it does not support the slaughter of horses.

        In April, Reps. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.), Frank Guinta, (R-N.H.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.) introduced the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act to ban the killing of horses for human consumption in the U.S.

        The bill also would ban the export of live horses to Mexican and Canadian slaughterhouses, where the animals are killed and shipped overseas.

        The U.S. already has a ban in place on the sale of horse meat for human consumption, but it must be reviewed by Congress each year.

  2. Yeah, Ruidoso, no thanks.

    In other news, I saw Shamrock Road is entered to race on July 15 at 3:30 in a $7,500 claiming race at Presque Isle. I wish I knew a trainer and also that I had the cash to claim him!

    • Thanks for this Jenn – I’m also going to put this up on Patrick’s post on SHAMROCK ROAD back in June.

      He last raced on 21 June and on my calculation he’s had 3 weeks and 2 days respite when he starts on 15 JULY at PRESQUE ISLE. Okay, in normal circumstances this is not an issue but when we look at his history this is a real worry. He started 12 times in 18 weeks! and he’s only just over 3 years old from his foaling date. He should be damn well out having a 3 months’ lay off!
      If anyone contacts the racing authorities and they argue that he’s had a break then his atrocious history must be raised and demand an embargo be placed on him to have a proper layoff.
      I so wish I could make phone calls from here

      Rose gave the above email address for Presque Isle Downs racetrack

      Joy and I both looked into the relevant racing commission which is Pennsylvania but
      we couldn’t find one email address! – just phone numbers only.

      Joy gave the following phone number for the Pennsylvania Racing Commission 717-787-1942.


      • Carolyn,

        Please send me a private email anytime you want me to complain to Racing Commission. I will do it whenever possible. If we have more people calling them they may pay more attention.

    • If they pass him fit to race it would be good if someone could watch the race live in case he goes amiss. Given complaints were made to the racing authorities previously and they know we are monitoring him then, in my view, we should not rely on the calling of the race and the footage.

      13 starts in 5 months is unacceptable
      14 starts in 6 months will also be unacceptable

      To think that there are no Rules in place to protect this young horse from being overraced.

  3. Interesting – according to the scribe/s who write the Footnotes on the charts, these horses have “foes” and they are, wait for it, their mates. I think we know who these horses’ FOES are……….

  4. CALIFORNIA CHROME’S Season and Career, Likely over Due To Injury

    The 2014 Kentucky Derby champ was in the process of being vetted for a potential sale to breeders when x-rays detected the bruise.

    If this injury does indeed keep the 4-year-old colt on the shelf for the rest of the year, it’s a safe assumption his racing career has come to an end.

    As for what’s next, Martin has indicated he would like to see California Chrome stand as a stallion in Kentucky, but as of now, no official arrangements have been made.

    I certainly HOPE he is RETIRED.

    • Yep, just keep racing them until they drop! $6million in prizemoney (let alone the punt) was not enough to retire him – next race the Arlington! The high stress racing CC has experienced since he began his career has obviously taken a toll on his body. This is no surprise given his bones have not been properly developed until 6-7 years of age. A hoof abscess found on the morning of his race at Newmarket and now this, a bruised cannon bone and that is to be taken seriously. Ah yes, they kept him on with big prizemoney high stress racing, for what? So they’d get a much greater value on him as a serving stallion on a sale to breeders. In fact, if it wasn’t for this sale in the pipeline he might not have been x-rayed and I hate to think of what might’ve happened to him if he had’ve started in the Arlington.

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