This morning at Saratoga, America’s Joy fractured a sesamoid while “breezing” and, says the Gaming Commission, “broke [her] neck in the fall.” This one has created quite the buzz because AJ, who was three, sold for $8.2 million as a “yearling.” Said trainer Todd Pletcher to the DRF: “It’s very unfortunate, she was a very talented filly…. We hadn’t had her that long, but she trained impressively and was looking forward to her debut on closing day. That was a tough one.” But of course, it was the horse, not the heavily-invested exploiters, who was looking forward to that debut. This, by the way, marks track kill number 11 at Saratoga this summer (a 12th died in his stall).
Yesterday at Saratoga, Whitmore was “vanned off” after the Grade 1 Forego Stakes. His owner/trainer, Ron Moquett, reports that the injury was not catastrophic and the 8-year-old will be “retired”: “It wouldn’t be career-ending, but for us, at his advanced age, what does he owe us?” Indeed: Whitmore “earned” more than $4.5 million for Moquett et al. over the course of his six-year “career.” Moquett added this caveat, however: “There’s definitely something and he has some inflammation, but sometimes these things show up better in two or three days.” In other words, we’ll see.
Also from Saratoga on Travers Day, this from the 10th (another Grade 1): “Graceful Princess was reluctant to load…dropped back under urging near the nine-sixteenths and faltered, then returned bleeding from the nostrils….”
“reluctant to load…returned bleeding from the nostrils”
If this – horseracing – were a court case and I were the prosecutor, how many times do you suppose I would have rested?