Nomadess, a 2-year-old filly, died training this morning at Los Alamitos. Officially (CHRB), “sudden death.” That’s “sudden death” for a 2-year-old horse – on the maturation chart, the rough equivalent of a first-grader.
By the way, while The Jockey Club – and everyone else in racing – is busy celebrating a “record low” death rate in 2020, know this: Nomadess would not have been counted in that death rate – in fact, would not have been counted in three different ways: she was a QuarterHorse (doesn’t count, says TJC); she died in training (doesn’t count, says TJC); she died of “sudden death” (doesn’t count, says TJC). And that, folks, is the most respected organization in American horseracing. (More on TJC coming soon.)