The 2nd race at Gulfstream yesterday, as relayed by Equibase: “Buttonhook raced in contention tracking the early pace, hustled up three wide in the final turn and continued a bid in close contention in upper stretch, switched out a path then got slammed into…which cause[d] him to clip heels with SOMETHINSTOPPIN, fell and was euthanized on the track.”
“got slammed into” – “fell” – “was euthanized on the track”
Four races later, same track: “Little Christina vied for the early lead racing three deep, could not match strides for lead at the top of the lane but continued a bid with response then clipped heels when TRUE HEIRESS moved in a path late, fell and lost the rider, was euthanized and vanned off.”
“clipped heels” – “fell” – “was euthanized” (then “vanned off” – of course)
Two kills within a couple hours of one another at one of America’s premier tracks. See, it wasn’t Santa Anita after all.