Yesterday, according to Equibase:
In the 9th at Laurel, Major Flirt “pulled up when going lame in upper stretch and was euthanized.” The official Maryland Racing YouTube page, as is their wont, edited out the ugliness – but kept the happy “Winner’s Circle” interview. Major Flirt was three years old, and this was his 14th time under the whip. The dead horse’s humans: trainer, Donald Barr; owner, Walter Vieser II; breeder, Mr. & Mrs. Alfonso Figliolia.
In the 1st at Louisiana Downs, Prs the Game Changer “stumbled start, euthanized.” Yes, you read correctly – “stumbled start, euthanized.” That’s it. But what to expect for the death of a young (two), cheap QuarterHorse running at a seedy Louisiana racino? The dead horse’s humans: trainer, Lamont Lee; owner/breeder, Pitts Racing Stables.
In the 10th at Fair Grounds, Classic Covey “went wrong inside the five-eighths and fell.” This, of course, almost invariably means dead, and indeed, he is, as confirmed by the Daily Racing Form (because this was a “stakes” race – hence worth reporting): “Classic Covey suffered luxation of the ankle joint – basically meaning all the soft tissue structures came apart – [and] couldn’t be saved.” Classic Covey was five years old, and this was his 14th time under the whip. The dead horse’s humans: trainer, William Mott; owners, J. V. Shields Jr, E. J. M. McFadden Jr; breeder, J. V. Shields Jr.
Not done yet. The day before at Fair Grounds, El Tristan was “vanned off” after the 10th. He too, I can confirm, is dead. This track garnered much unwanted publicity – thanks to our reporting – from Louisiana media in mid-January for a cluster of kills. These two make it (at least) six – just racing, mind you – in 24 days of racing. And all subsidized by the good taxpayers of Louisiana. The dead horse’s humans: trainer, L. Jay Cuccia; owner, Wildcat Racing Stable; breeder, Channon Farm.