The 9th at Parx this afternoon, as relayed by Equibase: “TIGHTEN UP sprinted away to a long lead, was well in front when he suffered a catastrophic injury to his left front leg just after passing the quarter pole, was eased and subsequently euthanized.” Tighten Up was five; ’twas his 26th time under the whip.

This is horseracing.

Last week in U.S. Horseracing (not including training, not including harness).

Del Mar Diva “vanned off” at Turf
Cured by Kitten “vanned off” at Keeneland
Alycar Flash “pulled up bleeding from the nostrils, vanned off” at Mahoning
Classic Brew “pulled up bleeding from the nostrils” at Mahoning
Bos Dream “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Tommie Trucker “vanned off” at Oaklawn
The Magic Hero “bled” at Sunland
J Dub “returned bleeding from nostrils” at Belterra
Rooftop View “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Handsome Hoyt “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Giza “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Twin Farms “vanned off” at Churchill
Heartrulinghead “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Zeppelin Ride “fell, DNF” at Foxfield
Renegade River “fell, DNF” at Foxfield
Our Town “fell, DNF” at Glyndon
Puppy Manners “returned sore” at Parx
Ok Now “came back bleeding from the nose” at Penn
Ugottahaveheart “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Penn
Albertville “bled” at Belmont
Dunny Bug “reluctantly vanned off” at Belterra
Ice Box Raider “vanned off” at Fonner
High Candy “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Lexi’s Golden Song “fell to her face, DNF” at Lone Star
Fierce Hawk “vanned” at Sun
Dad’s a Gambler “bled” at Sunland
Blazin Shooter “bled” at Sunland
Caramelo P “vanned off” at Turf
Point to Point “vanned off” at Turf

“broke down,” “euthanized” – speak for themselves
“vanned off” – many if not most will resurface on my year-end FOIA killed-reports
“bled,” “returned bleeding from nostrils” – typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)

Sunday, I reported on Ardrahan’s death at the Grand National in Maryland. The Equibase note – “fell, euthanized” – was, however, not entirely accurate. Yes, Ardrahan is indeed dead, but the recently released Stewards Report says this: “ADRAHAN [sic] was euthanized on the course although the vet told the Stewards that the horse had probably expired before she got to him.” So much for “humane death.”

Saturday, at the Middleburg Steeplechase in Virginia, Special Relation “pulled up lame.” But, lame though he was, no van was used; he, like the mortally injured (broken neck) Special Skills, was made to walk off on his own. Later, the stewards told us why:

“The Stewards met with Jack Fisher after the last race to discuss SPECIAL RELATION not having been vanned off the course. Jack had already discussed the situation with Dr Reynolds Coles and it was a constructive conversation. It was evident that Jack had weighed a number of relevant considerations in deciding how best to attend to his horse, including the potential damage to the course from bringing the horse ambulance onto the stretch and the time that would be required to do so.”

So, the lame Special Relation was denied transportation because of “the potential damage to the course from bringing the horse ambulance onto the stretch and the time that would be required to do so.” Oh, how they love their “equine athletes.” Oh, how they are “like members of the family.” Oh, how I hold them in contempt.