It appears we have a chartwriter(s) with a conscience. Two weeks after the Penn National writer outed the medical staff in Aspic’s death, these comments for races conducted there Friday night:
race 2: “MISS SPIDERWEB…came up tired and was eased for most of the stretch but was occasionally hit with the whip through the finish.” Miss Spiderweb finished last of 10 in a $4,000 claiming race – 38 lengths back. Jockey: Angel Rodriguez.
race 8: “MISTER OBVIOUS was hustled out of the gate but stayed well behind…was hard ridden through the finish but ultimately outrun.” Mister Obvious finished last of 6 in a $5,000 claiming race – 29 lengths back. Jockey: Christian Olmo.
“…was occasionally hit with the whip through the finish”; “…was hard ridden through the finish.” A combined 67 lengths in the rear. This is abuse. This is horseracing.