“For the second consecutive day, a turf stakes was marred by a fatal breakdown” – and so begins the Daily Racing Form’s coverage of “the [$100,000] Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares” at Santa Anita yesterday. “Marred,” again. And, again, just a brief mention of the dead “athlete” amid a multi-paragraph article on the race. A truly remarkable capacity for compartmentalizing this Mr. Steve Andersen (the DRF’s writer in both cases) has. Yesterday’s victim: Last Promise Kept. She was four.
In Santa Anita’s most recent Stewards Minutes, two “fatalities” are noted for the week Jan 7-Jan 13. One we know is Derby Treasure; the other remains anonymous. Meanwhile, Golden Gate reports a training kill on the 11th – 5-year-old Defiantly.
California, end this madness.