In the 4th at Oaklawn yesterday, says Equibase, Spirogyra “appeared injured and fell with four furlongs to run, vanned off.” But because Oaklawn is a top-tier track, Racing’s propaganda arm the Daily Racing Form saw fit to cover the “spill” and the horse’s fate, but only, that is, after updating the condition of the dinged-up jockey:
“Jockey Fernando De La Cruz escaped serious injury in a one-horse spill Sunday at Oaklawn Park, according to Bernie Hettel, the state steward at Oaklawn. His mount, Spirogyra, had to be euthanized due to catastrophic injuries.”
Spirogyra was three; ’twas his 9th time under the whip. The DRF also noted that “he had been claimed three times in his nine-race career.” In other words, sold three times in a “career” that started only last May. Any wonder why almost all racehorses develop ulcers? And yes, he was “For Sale” yet again just before dying.
This is horseracing.