Two days ago, I reported on the death of Dapper Dan at the Great Meadow (Virginia) steeplechase. The recently-released Stewards’ Report summed up the death thus:
“DAPPER DAN, ridden by Graham Watters, hit the stone wall and fell. THE HOLY ONE, ridden by Archie Macauley, went down on landing due to DAPPER DAN’s mishap. DAPPER DAN fractured his left front leg and was euthanized on the course.”
But then this stark admission: “The Steward’s Report’s Official Comment from the 2019 International Gold Cup [same track] bears repeating. It reads as follows: The safety of the stone wall jump on the Steeplethon course should be improved. One possible solution would be to replace the turf cap with a half round telephone pole bolted to the top and to dress the top stones to smooth their jagged edges.”
So that’s one “mishap,” perhaps, that could have been avoided. Vile. Horseracing.