This from the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup November 7: “Elucidation fell at the 14th fence [and] succumbed to injuries sustained in his fall.” Dead. He was seven years old. Writing for the National Steeplechase Association’s website, Tod Marks advised that the 1st race “was marred [emphasis added] by a late spill” and that “the mishap [emphasis added] claimed the life of Elucidation.” Abhorrent – but it gets worse.
In addition to Elucidation’s death, two other horses fell over hurdles, while yet another reared/fell over in the saddling area. And there were only three races. Still, the stewards closed their report thus: “The Stewards would like to thank and commend the Race Committee for another successful race meet and would also like to thank the horsemen for keeping the day running on schedule and in a timely fashion. The racecourse was in excellent condition and the ground crew should be commended for a job well done.” What more can I say?