“Hard to Load” Because She Was Already Hurt?

The 6th race at Belterra Thursday: “BARBALOOT was hard to load, took a bad step at the three eight pole and was pulled up….”

I don’t know, but could it be that the 3-year-old was “hard to load” because she was already hurt, before the race even started?

This is horseracing.


  1. Oh, no, those loving connections would never even consider putting one of their family members on the track if they weren’t completely sound and healthy. As we all know, the safety and welfare of their equine athletes is of the utmost priority, and I’m sure they will be more than willing to share any information about Barbaloot’s condition prior to the race, what with their policy of transparency, and all.

  2. OMG it is so clear that of course they would not have noticed anything about her – just load her and hope for the best and get your next useless god damn excuse ready for when she is another tragic loss for the next day news from the most caring and considerate bunch of useless assholes in the world at the next race track. So incredibly pathetic and heartbreaking.

  3. To think, a veterinarian was paid to pass this young Kentucky-bred Thoroughbred filly foaled February 3, 2018 to race. This was her third race. The Jockey: Azael De Leon, the Trainer: Vernon D. Coyle, the Owner: Joseph D. Davis, and the Breeder: DR. WILLIAM REED.
    The cruelty of horseracing is UNACCEPTABLE!!!

  4. Those chartwriters just love to say “Walked off,” don’t they? They’re all so proud to tell us when an equine victim was able to hobble back to the barn/veterinary center under his/her own power. Never mind that even the most gruesomely injured racehorse will do just about anything to stay with his/her makeshift herd — and that outrider ponies are ideal escorts for “walking” (stumbling, limping, hobbling ‘n wobbling) them off the track and away from public view.
    But as long as the chartwriter doesn’t have to use the dreaded V-word, then he/she can still pretend that all the fatally-injured horses that day somehow survived and thrived beyond their walk-offs. Not so, as we well know. But the first priority of the racing-employed will always be to hide the horrific carnage of their sick game. So, all chartwriters will happily keep putting “Walked off” as a qualifier for an injured horse, regardless of the term’s hideous inaccuracy.

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