3-year-old Clear Steps was a “went wrong/vanned off” at Churchill Sep 26. “Went wrong,” as we all well know, is one of racing’s go-to euphemisms for dead, especially at Kentucky tracks. And indeed she is. From the KHRC: “open comminuted fracture of the medial sesamoid, complete failure of the suspensory apparatus [ligaments], severe soft tissue damage with disarticulation of the fetlock joint.”
According to the Commission, the jockey, Joseph Ramos, “said that the horse warmed up a little funny in the post parade, that she was sweating and seemed to be stressed [and] that she stumbled slightly coming out of the starting gate.”
“she was sweating and seemed to be stressed”
For his part, trainer Kenneth Miller “speculated that the horse had taken a bad step.” Yes, just a “bad step,” Mr. Miller. Abhorrent. Horseracing.