Delta Outlaw was bred into existence by Blue Heaven Farm on February 15, 2012. At some point, probably before his first birthday, he was SOLD. He was first put to the whip, at the tender age of two, at Monmouth in September 2014 under trainer George Weaver and owner R. A. Hill Stable. He was raced 14 more times for them, then SOLD.
Raced on October 5, 2017 under trainer Assaf Ronen, owner Everything’s Cricket Racing. Three races followed, then SOLD.
Raced on January 15, 2018 under trainer David Jacobson, owner River Card Stable. Three races followed, then SOLD.
Raced on March 25, 2018 under trainer Scott Lake, owner Home Team Stables. Seven races followed, then SOLD.
Raced on October 25, 2018 under trainer Bernard Dunham, owner Belair Stables. Eight races followed, then SOLD.
Raced on August 3, 2019 under trainer Hugh McMahon, owner Larry Rabold. Two races followed, then SOLD.
Raced on November 10, 2019 under trainer Michael Catalano, owner Princess K Racing. Then SOLD.
Raced on December 3, 2019 under trainer/owner Jennie Wilhelm-Saldana. Then SOLD.
Three days ago at Parx, he was raced again, this time under trainer Joseph Taylor and owner John Fanelli. In this one, before which he was “For Sale,” again, Delta Outlaw was “vanned off” and, I have confirmed, subsequently euthanized. Dead. At seven.
In all, Delta Outlaw (below) was put to the whip 46 times, at 12 different tracks, in 7 different states, for 9 – yes, 9 – different trainer-owner teams. A mere thing to be used, a piece of chattel, a means for human ends.
Imagine the hours, the years, this poor animal suffered – alone – in tiny stalls.
Imagine the amount of drugs that coursed through his system.
Imagine the number of lashes his sensitive hide was made to absorb.
Imagine his fear at being prodded, pulled, pushed, wrenched, jerked, and yanked.
Imagine his stress and anxiety – anyone care to bet on whether he died with ulcers? – at being shuffled from trainer to trainer, barn to barn, track to track, state to state.
Imagine his life. Imagine his death. But while doing so, remember that this is no isolated incident: There are tens of thousands of Delta Outlaws out there; they, not the American Pharoahs and Justifys, are the real horses of horseracing.