The Aptly Named Chattel Killed at Kentucky Downs

When it comes to bad outcomes (i.e., death), the racetracks of the Bluegrass State are notoriously evasive. (In fact, this past year was the first for which I was able to secure FOIA information on Kentucky.) Yesterday at Kentucky Downs, here is the complete note for the most honestly christened racehorse in history, Chattel, in the 6th: “CHATTEL clipped heels and fell in the stretch.” But because this was a lucrative “stakes race,” BloodHorse appended this blip to its otherwise lengthy race-coverage:

“The race saw Chattel, under Kendrick Carmouche, fall in the stretch. Conscious and complaining of leg pain, Carmouche was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Chattel suffered a broken right shoulder and was euthanized.”

As is typical in these matters, social media was abuzz in thoughts and prayers for the jockey – the dead animal an afterthought, if a thought at all.

Chattel, dying


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  1. I feel bad for all the deaths of these young horses. Forced to perform before they are matured. When will this madness stop????

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