In the 4th at Belterra Wednesday, Jokingly “[was] through early, dropped far back, bled from nostrils, [and] crossed wire in a struggle.” This was the 6-year-old’s 13th time under the whip, all for owner/trainer Anna Chambless. Over those 13 races, she has never finished higher than 5th and her combined lengths-back is 277 – over 20 per race. But Belterra, being a racino (flush with slots cash), is able to pay first through last. So, Ms. Chambless, animal abuser, still took home $164 in a race in which her charge “bled from nostrils” and “struggled” to cross the wire.
And more Ruidoso madness. Yesterday, in addition to the five horses who were “fractious,” the one who was “recalcitrant at the gate,” the one who “stumbled badly [at] start,” the one who was “bounced around,” the one who “reared [at] start,” the one who was “obstreperous” (resisting control or restraint, defiant – yes, I had to look it up), the one who “bucked [in] paddock [and] hit gate,” and the numerous ones who were “bumped” in various ways, there were these three:
In the 4th, Back Seat Hero was “vanned off.” Unlike the vast majority of horses being raced there yesterday (babies and pubescents, that is), Back Seat is eight, and this was his 70th time under the whip.
In the next race, Jy El Chapo “bled [and was] vanned off.” But here’s the thing, the chartwriter also noted that Jy “bothered foes [at the] break” and was subsequently disqualified for “interference.” I don’t know, but perhaps he was being such a nuisance because the bleeding – in his lungs – had already begun?
And in the 10th, Jess Cartel Eyes also “bled [and was] vanned off.”
Good, clean fun at the old racetrack.