Two horses were “vanned off” the Keeneland track Friday, “Opening Day.” Both are dead. In the 4th, Stella d’Oro, four years old and under the whip for the 5th time, sustained, in the words of the track itself, “a catastrophic injury.” Next race, Fast Dreamer, two and under the whip for the 3rd time, same thing.
On cue, the track’s marketing division released a statement that would make Joseph Goebbels proud: “Keeneland remains committed to the welfare of all involved in this sport we love so much. The safety of the horses and riders participating at Keeneland is priority No. 1. Keeneland has instituted some of the strongest safety and integrity protocols in the nation, and we are a leading advocate for further reforms to make the sport as safe as possible.”