From the Glenwood Park at Middleburg (“Virginia’s Oldest Steeplechase, Est. 1921”) website: “The Middleburg Spring Races have become the quintessential event to welcome spring to Virginia, synonymous with the blooming of the daffodils and dogwoods. Surrounded by Virginia’s famous hunt country, the tradition continues.”
Ah yes, the tradition of abusing animals for fun. In this year’s edition, held on June 13, 28 – yes, 28 – horses did not finish, including at least one who was “vanned off” and four others who merely “fell.” In addition, a horse, Royal Drumlee, who did finish “pulled up lame after the wire and [was] vanned off.”
And of course, what “quintessential event” would be complete without death? In the Stewards’ Report from the National Steeplechase Association, we learn that one of the “DNFs” “collapsed and died on his way from the race course to his stable tent.” It appears that the deceased, 6-year-old Last Shani, suffered a “ruptured aorta.”
Good, clean family entertainment.