Charles Town Last Night: “Had to be euthanized on the track.”

The 8th at Charles Town late last night: “Becoming Smitty raced with the pace inside from the five eighths pole, was eased leaving the nine sixteenths and had to be euthanized on the track.” He was five years old; ’twas his 21st time under the whip.

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  1. Samuel J. Geris, Jr., the owner and trainer of BECOMING SMITTY has a history on Equibase starting in 1985. It appears that he has a lot of experience with exploiting horses for racing and Pari-Mutuel WAGERING. I don’t know how many horses that he caused life-ending and catastrophic breakdowns to, but one horse is one too many!

  2. The apologists like to say “it rarely happens”……IT LITERALLY HAPPENS EVERY g’d DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I remember the post several months ago about a “veterinarian” that said that about a horse in Oregon. It was vomit-worthy then and it’s vomit-worthy now.

  3. I feel so bad every time the abuse of these poor horses leads to their suffering and ultimate death. We must end the racing of horses!

  4. I must say, there’s ONE thing about those Charles Town racing creeps that’s worthy of an iota of respect: They don’t screw around with those ominous-yet-hopeful-sounding “VANNED OFFs.” Nope. Unlike at every other horse-killing track, at (fabulous, glamorous) Hollywood Casino at Charles Town, they don’t even try to maintain the false illusion of their injured racehorses’ well-being. They just admit the kill, then move right on to the next one.
    Imagine if everybody did it that way(!); MOST van-offs would have to become “was killed right then and there,” or, in racing industry-speak, “was expertly and humanely euthanized, comforted and surrounded by loved ones, as (name of victim) was peacefully sent across the Rainbow Bridge. Heartfelt condolences to the connections…NEXT!”

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