In the 3rd at Thistledown yesterday, Coraline was said (by Equibase) to have “suffered an injury”; the injury, I have confirmed, was fatal. But there’s more: Coraline was an 11-year-old mare who was first put to the whip almost nine years ago – 75 times in all. And, she was “For Sale” at least 50 times. What a profoundly awful existence. What a profoundly despicable industry – with a special nod toward Coraline’s longtime trainer/owner Betty Ott, who, instead of turning her out to a pasture, kept trying to squeeze another hundred bucks from her abused, (surely) aching body. Vile.
Watch as Coraline gives her all for the 75th and final time…
The Equibase line for Calmack in the 7th at Louisiana Monday: “Calmack…pulled up entering the drive in distress and was euthanized.” Calmack was five years old and under the whip for the 19th time. He, too, was “For Sale” the day he died.
This is horseracing.