At Suffolk, according to Equibase, Royal Ransom “broke down” and, I can confirm, is dead. Today will be this track’s last day ever. Yes, that’s right, after 85 years of abusing and killing (likely thousands of) horses, Suffering Downs is closing for good, leaving (for now) the whole of New England without a single Thoroughbred racetrack. Massachusetts, be true to your progressive reputation and keep it that way. Say no to Great Barrington or any other reboot for this cruel, deadly industry.
At Parx, Rove “suffered a catastrophic injury to her left front foreleg, was eased and subsequently euthanized.” Rove was four and under the whip for the 26th time – oh, and she was “For Sale” for less than the cost of a cheap used car prior to dying.
At Churchill, Will Call, says BloodHorse, “collapsed after finishing 11th…and died on the track, leaving connections to think he suffered a heart attack or heat stroke.” If the former, Will Call was five; if the latter, all the worse. Owner Richard Klein:
“This one stings as bad as I’ve had. Just because we own the stallion, had owned the mare, and this is the first horse of the stallion to ever win, first horse for the stallion to win a stakes—a graded stakes—and he’s the first horse that the family won a graded stakes with on Oaks or Derby day.” “Stings” because Will Call was a “winner.” Vile.
At Laurel, Hot Sriracha “sustained a catastrophic injury and fell soon after”; he, too, is dead. Two other horses – Detroit Cowboy and Wilko’s Goldeneye – fell over the downed Hot Sriracha, conditions unknown at this time. True to form, “Maryland Racing” edited-out the ugliness on its official YouTube channel.
That’s at least four kills on U.S. tracks yesterday. Must be Jerry Hollendorfer’s fault.