The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has confirmed the death of Elegant Bay in the 2nd at Churchill November 30: “multiple fractures of the distal third metacarpal bone, including a medial condylar fracture and a comminuted lateral condylar fracture; avulsion fractures of both sesamoids; extensive soft tissue damage.” Oh, and “ulceration of the stomach,” to boot. All that for/to an equine babe (she was two) under the whip for the first time. Speaking of which, the Commission added this:
“Channing Hill stated that he had worked the filly several times and liked her. He took her away from the pony in the post parade and she warmed up fine. He had no concern about her soundness and expected her to run well. He stated that when she got some mud in her face she started climbing a bit, possibly because it was her first start. He was not sure if the off track [slop] was a factor in the injury.”
This is horseracing.