By all measures, X Y Jet was a hugely “successful” racehorse: multiple graded-stakes wins, lifetime “earnings” of over $3 million, etc. So of course, news of his death would be all over the racing press. Never mind that these same rags – Paulick, BloodHorse, Daily Racing Form, et al. – utterly ignore the cheap, pedestrian horses who die every day on American tracks. This was a “star”; this was newsworthy.
Yesterday, trainer Jorge Navarro announced that X Y Jet suffered a heart attack after a training session. He was seven years old. For those unfamiliar with the development and lifespan of a horse, a seven-year-old is just out of adolescence – in the prime of life. Heart attack. Anyhow, here is Navarro’s full “WE LOVE YOU X Y JET” statement:
“With deep regret, I am sorry to notify you that X Y Jet died this morning as a result of a heart attack. X Y Jet was more than a horse on my trained list, it [not ‘he’] was the one that took us through a wonderful and exciting roller coaster of emotions. He always fought against adversity and despite the injuries that affected him during his career, he always brought out that kind of champion he was.
“Beyond the racetracks, XY Jet becomes [sic, but then again who can be bothered with proofreading?] part of my family, was like the older brother of my children and of course, that affection extended to all those who in one way or another related to this swift, mood [sic], but noble racehorse.
“Since his arrival at my stable at the end of 2014, I immediately felt that connection with him, which remained until today and will surely remain with me until the day of my departure. I owe X Y Jet so much, that I’m sure there are no words that can specify my thanks to his nobility and class, I do not say goodbye to a horse, I say goodbye to a friend that I will carry forever in my heart. Keep running fast to your next destination X Y Jet.”
“with deep regret”
“he always fought against adversity”
“he always brought out that kind of champion he was”
“part of my family”
“like the older brother of my children”
“that connection…will surely remain with me until the day of my departure”
“I do not say goodbye to a horse, I say goodbye to a friend”
“carry forever in my heart”
“keep running fast to your next destination X Y Jet”
Vile – to the core.