Through a FOIA request, I have confirmed that Incredible Shark, one of three horses involved in a crash at the Meadowlands May 29, is indeed dead: “There were multifocally to regionally extensive subcutaneous and skeletal muscle hemorrhages over the head, lateral thorax, lateral and ventral abdomen, and lateral aspects of the limbs. Blood drained from the nose and mouth and was present in the ear canals. There was a severely comminuted and displaced fracture of the occipital bone, left occipital condyle…and the basisphenoid bone (base of the cranium). Bone fragments were displaced ventrally compressing the brainstem.” And here’s how it looked:
The driver of one of the other horses, Joe Bongiorno, was suspended at three Jeff Gural-owned tracks, including the Meadowlands, for “failing to keep the lines reasonably taut during the race.” Here is what Gural had to say: “Our concern for the safety of our drivers, including Joe, and the horses is paramount. It is our hope that Joe will learn from this near tragedy as he is a terrific up and coming young driver who should have a good future.” There you have it, folks: This was but a near tragedy. And Gural is supposed to be one of the “good guys.” Vile.