H. James Bond, $43 million, multiple-graded-stakes-winning trainer, says in a recent Spectrum interview (in which I also appeared) that racehorses die everywhere – i.e., it’s not, as the reformers would have us believe, an “American problem”:
“It’s worldwide…it’s bad. Period.”
Then this: In the 8th at Laurel Saturday, the Equibase writer says Belle Saison “sat down in the gate pre-race, raced in range for about three furlongs, dropped back, was pulled up mid turn and vanned off.”
“Sat down” before eventually being “vanned off” for an undisclosed injury. Perhaps the 3-year-old Belle was trying to tell her exploiters something? But there’s more. Her three most recent times under the whip, all at Laurel:
Jul 13, last of 10
Jun 23, 9th of 10
Jun 2, last of 8
Finally, those same exploiters – trainer Carlos Mancilla, owner Michael Scheffres – had her “For Sale” at $5,000 prior to Saturday’s race. But Racing is loaded with “good people” who care, right? Vile.