Last week, in my post on the Charlotte Steeplechase – “Watching Horses Fall – Good, Clean Family Fun” – one of the horses mentioned was Big Bend, a “bobbled, went lame, vanned off” in the 4th. Turns out, the 7-year-old is dead and in fact never got off the course alive. This from the Stewards Report: “BIG BEND broke down at the third from last fence and was pulled up by the rider. Blood samples were taken before the horse was euthanized on course.” So, an even better title would have been: “Watching Horses Die Right Before Your Eyes – Good, Clean Family Fun.”
The stewards also had this to say: “Adverse weather conditions led to slick footing that precipitated numerous falls on landing.” Can these people, and the people who support this, be any more contemptible?