Another “Fatal Collapse” at Gulfstream

The Equibase line for Starship Menace in the 1st at Gulfstream yesterday: “STARSHIP MENACE…raced in contention then weakened, suffered fatal collapse after the race.” Sound familiar? It should. Just yesterday I reported almost the exact same line for a horse at Gulfstream Thursday. Two “fatal collapses” in four days. Ugly stuff.


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  1. R,I.P Starship Menace.
    Racing horses in south Floroda in the unbareably hot and hiumid weather of summer is not only cruel but attests to the DISREGARD for horse welfare, a hallmark of this business.
    Also,, these horses are given Lasix which further dehydrates them and adds to the problem of electrolyte imbalance already associated with hot humid weather.
    It is well known Lasix depletes. potassium which,, in turn, can result in severe heart arrrythmias and sudden death..
    This business kills horses left and right and gets away with it. Nobody in the game is looking out for the horses, so they suffer and die daily.

    • Great point about the lasix – Rose. They often literally just fall over, at a walk, post race. Then the workers panic and douse the horses with water and claim they are “heat stroking” when they are in fact severely dehydrated and their muscles are cramped and locked up from potassium depletion. I’ve seen them do this at the tracks even on a 65 degree day – when one shouldn’t be “heat stroking”.


    I wonder how many horses are dropping dead due to Dangerous drugs.
    I hope these HORSE ABUSERS goes straight to Jail l- .

    Quarter Horse Trainers Kearl, Sanchez, Stroud Issued Summary Suspensions In Texas

    07.31.2017 |

    Texas Racing Commission stewards have issued immediate summary suspensions for three Quarter horse trainers – Judd Kearl, Jose Sanchez and Brian Stroud – who on July 21 were notified of alleged positive tests for the Class 1 drug nomifensine, an anti-depressant drug that was taken off the market in the U.S. 25 years ago because of potential side effects. The alleged positive tests came in horses racing at Sam Houston Race Park and Retama Park between May 22 and June 17.

    Kearl, the 2016 AQHA champion trainer who swept the $1-million Rainbow Derby and $1-million Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico July 22-23, was notified that five of his horses allegedly tested positive for nomifensine, with Sanchez receiving two notices of alleged positive tests and Stroud receiving one. The alleged findings were reported by the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at Texas A&M University, which conducts testing for the Texas Racing Commission.

    Each summary suspension stated: “This Class 1 drug is known to be dangerous in humans, has not been tested on horses, and has been removed from the market by the FDA. These positive tests were among eight total positives that occurred within a time period of a few weeks, by three trainers at two different tracks. The totality of these circumstances strongly indicate a scheme to cheat and also indicate that the drug was intentionally administered (by the accused trainer), either directly or at his instruction. Therefore, in order to protect the safety and health of race participants, both human and equine, and to protect the public from unlawful influences on the outcome of races, a summary suspension under Texas Racing Act Section 3:16 and Commission Rule 307.62 is hereby immediately imposed … pending a hearing on the merits.”
    Summary suspensions in one jurisdiction are honored in other racing states.

    Hearings that were scheduled for Aug 2-3 have been continued, according to attorney Darrell Vienna, a former trainer who is representing Kearl and Sanchez.
    “We’re going to be seeking stays, injunctive relief this week (in civil court) for these unprecedented summary suspensions that never before have been applied in Texas,” said Vienna. “We believe they lack adequate legal foundation. The issue is simply: Do you suspend individuals without letting them utter a single word in their defense?”
    The Kearl and Sanchez hearings have been consolidated, Vienna said.
    Trent Rowell, attorney for Brian Stroud, could not be reached for comment.
    The summary suspensions were issued Monday by Texas Racing Commission stewards Anne Alley, Mike Pelletier and Fred Winch Jr.

    From the Paulick Report

  3. Horse racing and dog racing are exactly the same.
    The only difference is the victim.
    In the last month there was a huge bust in dog racing that involved numerous top trainers doping up the dogs with deadly amounts of cocaine Washington Post June 6, 2017.
    They were intentionally causing dogs to have cardiac arrests when they knew their racing days were over probably like horse racing where large insurance policies are in place.
    Armed with this evidence Grey2K continued banging on the doors of politicians to shut it down.
    They started doing this in 2001 when people told them to “get lost,” that they would NEVER shut down dog racing especially in Florida where was very popular during this time.
    Well, they have finally achieved their goal when recently the biggest dog racing track in Miami, FL is closing, and so is the track in Birmingham, and Mobile AL.
    They report that “many more” dog tracks will shut down because people no longer support it, and the properties that hold dog racing are losing so much money that they are going to “decouple” from casinos, and they don’t care what the government says.
    Just like dog racing, horse racing is sure to follow – it’s just a matter of time.

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