Lady Panther is ten years old. Last week at Mountaineer, she was put to the whip for the 103rd time. Incredibly, although she has been “For Sale” before every race going back to 2016, she has been under the control of one man – Shane Spiess – for 3/4 of her “career,” or 75 of those 103 races. The fact that she hasn’t “won” a race in over 2 1/2 years is of little to no concern for Mr. Spiess: Lady is being run exclusively at cheap racino tracks in West Virginia and Ohio – that is, tracks being wholly propped up by large influxes of slots cash, which, and here’s the important part, allows them to pay first through last. So you see, it doesn’t matter much how far back this poor, old (for racing) horse finishes; Spiess is laughing all the way to the bank.
Lady Panther is scheduled for race 104 Monday at Mountaineer: 800-804-0468 (option 4 for racing; ask for racing secretary or stewards office)