Monday afternoon at Parx, a 3-year-old horse named Rye Frost was raced in the 2nd. This is how Equibase described his day:
“RYE FROST, wide and just off pace, began to drop back after a quarter mile, appeared to be in distress as he dropped back to last in early stretch and then, while far back, his rider inexplicably kept him to a drive and began to rouse him again right handed through deep stretch. RYE FROST was walked back to the unsaddling area lame and he was vanned off the track.”
“…appeared to be in distress as he dropped back to last…then, while far back, his rider inexplicably kept him to a drive and began to rouse him again right handed through deep stretch.” “Lame.” “Vanned off.”
Animal cruelty laid bare for all to see.
This, by the way, was the gelding’s second ever race. His first came on September 22 at that same track: last of 9, 45+ lengths back.
His trainer, owner for both races: Kevin Nichol, Sonia Barr (also his creator). His jockey for both races: Sixto Castro. Castro, by the way, has 17 career mounts – no wins. (Frustrated, desperate?) Wait, there’s more: Castro is slated to wield the whip on 4-year-old filly Sara’s Angel this Sunday at Parx. For Sara’s Angel, that race will come a mere five days after her second-to-last finish in yesterday’s 6th; it will be her 24th race this year, 44th overall. Again, she’s four – still in puberty.
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