“The All American Quarter Horse Futurity Trials” were held at Ruidoso Downs yesterday. As the name implies, all the entrants were babies, 2-year-olds. As you can imagine, and as I’ve documented several times in the past, there were multiple “bumps” and “fractious” horses, even a “flipped [in] paddock.” But there were also no less than four “vanned off,” two in the same race: One Famous Candy, Jam Candy (also “fell”), Favorite Blues Man, and Jm Special Ferarri.
Then this, Wednesday at Delaware Park: On a sweltering day, there were 28 “scratches.” 28 over just 9 races. While that may sound praiseworthy (for the stewards/vets), they did send out 56 horses to race. That, however, does not include race 4, which was declared a “no contest”:
“#9 Tiktoknaway flipped in the gate, causing a delay. Then #7 Jumpingforjoy was a vet scratch (tying up behind the gate). #8 Finest Work was a vet scratch for tying up also. Riders on #1 Shahaada and #4 Peace Out did not want to ride; they felt that their horses were not acting right and was [sic] becoming overheated, the heat index was 99 degrees. Horses were behind the gate for 34 minutes plus 6 minutes of post parade for a total of 40 minutes; out of concern for the safety of the horses being exposed to the heat for that period of time the stewards cancelled Race 4.”
Yes, canceled that race, but miraculously, I guess, that heat index of 99 disappeared in time for the final six races of the afternoon. Cruelty, thy name is horseracing.