According to the chart, Moro Chief “went wrong outside the sixteenth-pole and fell” in the 4th at Lone Star Saturday. In fact, the 3-year-old is dead, euthanized says WFAA, back in the barn. An eyewitness has reached out to me; here is her testimony:
“I was at Lone Star on June the 8th. A horse named Moro Chief died in race 4. They didn’t state what happened, but to me he tripped and broke his neck or broke a leg and went down. Moro Chief lifted his head once and then I am almost positive he passed away immediately. The track hands brought out the green sheets and the truck and trailer and he was driven away. It was a horrifying scene. It just bothered me heavily that this horse died and was swept away never to be mentioned again.
I love horse racing but this was the last straw for me. This is my first time at the track in a year and as an Agriculture major who teaches high schoolers about horses, and as a horse owner myself, I just can’t stomach the death anymore. It’s so hard for me because my grandfather loved racing and he taught me what to look for and how to read a program before he passed a few years ago. I view it as a way to remember him. But this just blows me away. I rescued a spotted saddle horse earlier last year who was two days away from shipping to Mexico, and that really opened up the awareness of just how many registered OTTBs are dying every year for this sport. Thank you for exposing how many horses die every year.”
This commentary by WFAA (Dallas) anchor Mike Leslie is a must watch, not simply because he references Horseracing Wrongs, but, like the above, it is further evidence of changing sensibilities, most especially among recent fans.