No Surprise: No Accountability in Creative Plan’s Horrific Death

A couple days ago, Max Hartgraves of the Arizona Dept. of Gaming issued the following in regard to the heartrending end of Creative Plan:

“The stewards interviewed multiple individuals regarding Creative Plan and determined no rule was broken surrounding this case.”

And that, folks, gets to the heart of it: When animals are legally classified as property – things to be bought, sold, traded, or dumped whenever and however their owners decide – anything can and will happen to these poor, defenseless creatures, including falling into the “wrong hands.” Yes, it’s technically (legally) true that “no rule was broken”; morally, however, all those involved – Wade Rarick, Larry Watson, Curt and Debi Ferguson, Joey Prentice, Turf officials/vets, et al. – have blood on their hands.

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  1. Another thing I’ve noticed “they” do is keep postponing court dates or rulings. The further away the end result continues the less significant it seems to become. Like the brevity of the crime lessens

  2. Are they blaming God this time? Isn’t it convenient to say nobody did anything wrong when they have no intentions of doing anything right…?!

  3. Without question, the Arizona stewards have no rules whatsoever to protect racehorses from the inhumane and abhorrent treatment that Creative Plan suffered.
    Clearly the stewards and the Arizona Racing Commission in their failure to have necessary prevention of animal cruelty rules in place, legalise horrific animal cruelty to the horses under its jurisdiction as in the case of Creative Plan.

  4. The sickening story of poor Creative Plan is just the latest exposure in the not-so-secret system of ALL of horse racing. His suffering was only brought to light on social media, then picked up by the racing press — in much the same way they single-out the occasional rescue/rehab OTTB: “This here is NOT an anomaly in racing,” they’ll claim, referencing this one lucky young animal who got a forever home or a second career (out of the hundred or so who DIDN’T.) Then, when an exact opposite case is exposed, as it was this time, they actually EDITORIALIZE that “This shouldn’t happen in racing!” and, “We need CHANGE in racing!” and, “Time for racing REFORMS,” etc.

    Problem for them is, these egregious abuse cases really AREN’T an anomaly. It’s well known that all the bottom-tier shitholes run sore horses, drugged and pre-injured horses, and last-leg claimers in the hopes of dumping them off to the next abusive sucker before they break down for good. Hell, It’s the whole game in a nutshell, really. And the Arizona so-called regulators — and Turf Pairo’Deaths officials — have just proven it with this ruling.

    Creative Plan is now dead. But so is just about every other horse with the misfortune of having been trafficked through that desert dump. And it’s not like their fans care. They’d keep plunking down their money at TPD even if Ol’ Vince Francia himself slaughtered a horse before their very eyes: “Oh, man. There goes my Exacta,” they’d lament, the poor victimized horseplayers, “Who ya got in race four?”

    So, I guess the lesson the public can take from the awful, haunting, torture and suffering of poor Creative Plan — though not only Creative Plan — is this: “Welcome to the wonderful world of Arizona Racing! Now, shut up and bet so you can proudly say you did your part to keep our shitshow stumbling along til the voters ban it.”

  5. there is accountability. when you know racing kills race horses in the high numbers that is going on today, you know you are deliberately killing horses. there is no real reason to allow this actiity at all. shut it down. shut it all down. most who are aware of the endless kilign of horses going on woul dsay shut them all down. i say shut all the racing venues down. race a car instead. bet o nthat. you dont need to kill horses to gamble. you can bet on the foootball game, teh soccer game. this is a destructive activity.

    On Sat, Feb 26, 2022 at 10:01 AM Horseracing Wrongs wrote:

    > Patrick Battuello posted: “A couple days ago, Max Hartgraves of the > Arizona Dept. of Gaming issued the following in regard to the heartrending > end of Creative Plan: “The stewards interviewed multiple individuals > regarding Creative Plan and determined no rule was broken surroundi” >

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