Da Alpha was scratched from the 5th at Tampa Bay Sunday – the note said he was “fractious in the gate.” The track then tweeted this:
On the one hand, I suppose a certain amount of credit is due the track for the almost-immediate disclosure. But on the other hand… As presented, it is impossible not to detect a “just one of those things” attitude. A horse, a fully sentient being – intelligent, aware, sensitive, loving, affectionate, the capacity (and desire) for pleasure, the capacity for (and aversion to) pain – was destroyed. Killed. And for what? Lousy $2 bets. But the worst of the tweet was the “thoughts and prayers” line. Not the mere words, of course; this is quotidian vileness for horseracing. No, what angered me beyond an ability to adequately articulate was the fuckin exclamation point. Sorry folks, but I hold these people in utter contempt.