Two weeks ago today, Baltimore Bucko was killed at Belmont. It was, I’m sure you remember, a particularly gruesome kill:
In the wake of that, BB’s trainer, Keri Brion, gave an interview to apologist (and, hence, cruelty abettor) Steve Byk. Following up on Byk’s “they fall in the wild too” comment, Brion said: “I understand how uneducated people right away are like, ‘I hate watching these races and I hate seeing them,’ but we’re not stu… do you really think that we’re going to force a 1200-lb animal to go jump over fences if they don’t want to? I mean, honest to God, do you really think we’re capable of doing that? No, we’re not.”
“He was very, very special to me. [H]e was just kind of the gift that just kept on giving for his owners and for me. … [I]t was unfortunately just, it was one of those things. You know, we’ll never have him back, and it’s hard to see his stall here in the barn in the morning…. It was tough, but he did go out doing what he loved to do.”
Here is Ms. Brion’s twitter should you care to offer her some feedback.