In the 8th race at Thistledown yesterday, Equibase reports that 4-year-old Coosa River “pulled up bleeding from the nostrils and was vanned off.” Enough said. Noteworthy too, though, is Coosa’s human in charge: owner/trainer Burton Sipp. Mr. Sipp is about the worst that this industry has to offer – an industry, mind you, that is pervasively bad. Here are just a few of his previous mentions on our site.
From July 2014:
10-year-old Chillin Villain’s last four starts (all under trainer/owner Burton Sipp):
May 10th at Mountaineer, last, 20 1/4 lengths back
May 27th at Mountaineer, “DNF, fold[ed] early”
Jun 16th at Mountaineer, last
Jul 6th at Mountaineer, 7th (of 8), 18 lengths back
Chillin Villain has been raced 74 times.
(update: Chillin disappeared from the charts shortly thereafter; fate unknown.)
From July 2015:
I have confirmed that 6-year-old Slot Machine is dead after breaking down – “took a bad step” – Tuesday at Mountaineer. In his two races before dying (Jun 20, May 31), Slot Machine was whipped to consecutive last-place finishes – a combined 85 lengths back. 85 lengths back. The person most responsible – trainer/owner Burton Sipp.
A post on West Virginia’s 2017 dead:
Hazel Meadow, Nov 8 – her second race in 10 days; trainer/owner, Burton Sipp
Mias Mark, Oct 6 – “flipped, fractured skull – dead on arrival”; had been raced three times – all last place, combined 90 lengths back; trainer/owner, Burton Sipp
And most revealing (and despicable) of all is this 2019 expose by our own Joy Aten:
“Racehorses Sold to Kill-Buyer, and the Authorities Don’t Care”
This is Burton Sipp. This is horseracing.