“Broke Down” is, of course, Racing’s historically favorite euphemism for died. But in the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve noticed a move away from that vile phrase. While true that more chartwriters are noting euthanasias as they happen (when I started, only Parx and Louisiana Downs consistently acknowledged deaths in the notes), when a euphemism is employed these days it’s more likely to be the equally repugnant “Went Wrong,” especially in Kentucky. On September 26, 3-year-old Lucky Asset was one of those in the 7th at Churchill. And yes, he is dead. From the Racing Commission:
“Biaxial sesamoid fractures. Severe soft tissue damage with tearing of both the deep and superficial digital flexor tendons, the palmar annular ligament, the lateral branch of the suspensory ligament, and rupture of the intersesmoidian ligament.”
This is horseracing.