Super de Shine was put to the whip for the very first time June 27 at Ellis Park; it was, as it turned out, also her final race. The KHRC reports that the 2-year-old was injured that day, with the vet calling for the “ambulance.” But after meds were administered “to assist in loading, the filly became very painful and fractious and due to the severity of the injuries…was euthanized on the track.” How severe? “Open, disarticulated fracture; severe disruption of the suspensory apparatus; luxation of the joint.”
Imagine how scared this poor baby must have been, a fear – a terror, really – that surely grew with each passing minute. First, shoved by strange men into a strange metal structure. Next, compelled, by another strange man, this one wielding a whip, to run at an unnatural speed, to keep up with an unnatural herd. Then, made to suffer a horrific injury. And finally, forced to endure an extended pain and suffering when the indefensible (the fracture, I remind, was through the skin) ambulance “load” failed. These people, including the should-have-known-better vet, are disgusting.