Recently confirmed by the Arizona Department of Gaming:
Obligated to None was euthanized after the 6th at Turf January 19. There was, however, no indication of impending death on the Equibase chart – nothing, that is, except for the fact that the 4-year-old finished last of 10, some 36 lengths back. “Showed Little,” said the chartwriter; “Poor Performance,” said the stewards. In fact, one could argue that Obligated was a dead horse racing. His final six:
Oct 28 – 6th of 7, 15+ lengths back
Nov 9 – 5th of 6, 13+ lengths back
Nov 19 – 9th of 11, 17+ lengths back
Dec 14 – 8th of 10, 12+ lengths back
Dec 21 – 7th of 10, 11+ lengths back
Jan 19 – last of 10, 36 lengths back, dead
Obligated was still being raced at the “maiden claiming” level, and for $3500 at that (about as low as it gets). The humans responsible – in addition to the racing secretary, stewards, vets, et al. – were trainer Kyndra McKinney and owner Robert Otero. The breeders were Mr. & Mrs. Keith Grinolds.
Celtic Warrior was euthanized after the 1st at Turf January 25 – “went wrong.” Celtic Warrior was three; ’twas his 9th time under the whip. Trainer, Sandi Gann; owner, North American Thoroughbred Racing Co.; breeder, Glen Todd.
This is horseracing.