The “racino” – combination racetrack/casino – is a win-win for the racing people: Not only are purses jacked up by slots revenue, but the tracks – flush with that unearned income – are able to pay first through last. So, throw any old horse out there and you’re practically sure to “win.” The gelding Inclunation is a case in point.
On Aug 12, 2020, at Finger Lakes (a racino), Inclunation was put to the whip for the 20th time. He did not fare well: “pulled up in distress, vanned off.” (Except for his very first race, Inclunation’s entire “career” – 27 races – was spent at the claiming level, meaning he was in a near-constant state of being “For Sale.”) Months went by, then he resurfaced in Pennsylvania in March. Under new “connections” (of course), Inclunation was raced at Penn Mar 31: second-to-last, 15+ lengths back. But Penn being another racino, his new people – owner Ho Dee Boy Stable, trainer Joseph Taylor – still “won” $354. On to Parx, another racino. His final three races there:
May 19: last of 10, 26 lengths back. Winnings for Ho Dee Boy/Taylor: $250.
Jun 14: last of 11, 23 lengths back. Winnings for Ho Dee Boy/Taylor: $250.
Jun 23: last of 11, 47 lengths back. Winnings for Ho Dee Boy/Taylor: $250.
Bad enough, but then there’s this: In that race on the 23rd, Inclunation “lost contact with his field,” “returned lame” and was eventually “vanned off.” He was then euthanized for an unidentified injury. Dead. But because the jockey (Anthony Nunez) got Inclunation to cross the wire, he, Ho Dee, and Taylor all cashed in. The moral depravity of these people knows no bounds.