Forza in the 8th at Thistledown yesterday, as relayed by Equibase: “Forza…suffered an injury near the furlong marker, was eased to the wire then euthanized.” Not just killed, mind you, but abused beforehand: Jockey Hector Berrios was whipping the hell out of this poor animal right through the final seconds of her life (of course, as you will see below, the other riders were no less cruel). In her only other three times under the whip, all at Thistledown, Forza finished a combined 58.25 lengths back. Oh, and one final bit of vileness: The “connections” – Rodney Faulkner and Bruno Schickedanz – had Forza “For Sale” at $5,000 prior to her death.
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Monday, Bowl of Soul, three, “broke down” training at Del Mar and is dead. Trainer Bob Baffert, to the LA Times: “…she was coming into the turn and went to switch leads when she suffered a rare twist of a hind ankle. You just can’t predict these things happening. You work so hard to keep them healthy. It’s so tough on everybody.”
“Rare twist”? “Just can’t predict”? “Tough on everybody”? Lies.
In the most recent Minutes from Los Alamitos, “one equine death was reported this week [ending Jul 21] due to racing injuries” – identity of the victim withheld.
This is horseracing. Every day. Unabated.