The Equibase note for 6-year-old Lucky Lorretta in the 3rd yesterday at Hawthorne: “stumbled badly at the start losing position to the field, switched out nearing upper stretch, fell to the track when suffering an apparent catastrophic injury and was subsequently vanned off the course.” I’ve yet to receive confirmation but odds are (overwhelmingly) she’s dead. Two races prior, the chartwriter had this to say about 4-year-old Riding the Train: “broke in the air causing his rider to momentarily be dislodged…drifted out…into the first turn while coming under correction, continued to race rank under restraint into the backstretch….” Last of 11, 19+ lengths back.
Also: We finally have word on Rebuff, a “broke down, fell, vanned off” in the 6th at Churchill November 5: She is dead. Of course. Rebuff was two years old – a babe; ’twas her very first time under the whip.
This is horseracing.