According to Equibase, Naughty Swagger “fell after the wire” of the 6th at Turf yesterday “and was vanned off.” That is true – but the “van” was hauling a dead body. Through a trusted source (and the unwitting track announcer), I have confirmed that the 6-year-old mare dropped dead – cardiovascular, they’re guessing.
While watching, please note the beating Naughty, who was leading down the stretch, absorbed at the hands of jockey Keivan Serrano. Also – and as usual – the “Winner’s Circle” celebration carried on, with this one punctuated by a “Congratulations!” splashed on the screen. I have little words left.
Track announcer (who I’m sure thought his mic was off): “Oh what the hell happened? That horse is dead. … That horse is dead dead. Sweet Jesus. Did the horse just fall over? Hey, do not show any replay, a horse is dead.”