If you were going strictly by the official (Equibase) chart, Eagle Down’s run in the 1st at Ruidoso Saturday was utterly normal – in fact, the 3-year-old “won,” “earning” $5,100 for his people in the process. But, it turns out, this would be Eagle’s last race won – or at all. I have confirmed that Eagle Down “bled out” immediately following that race and is dead. His owner, Misti Broughton:
For Broughton, this, according to Equibase, was her very first race as an owner. So, she was obviously quite emotional about it all. Because of that, I’m sure, she fails to see her own complicity. But here’s the thing, Ms. Broughton, as the owner of this poor animal, you had complete control over his activity. Forcing him to race led directly to his death, and no amount of self-delusion can alter that truth in the least.
By the way, apparently there is a video of Eagle Down dying; it has since been taken down. That’s unfortunate, because the world needs to see these horrors.