As well documented here, the racing press reveals its bankruptcy each and every time a high-profile horse is felled. By only covering the “big” deaths, these apologists masquerading as journalists are clearly saying, we couldn’t care less about the hundreds and hundreds of pedestrian horses who are being killed each year. I say all this because this is how we first learned of the training death (“bad step”/broken leg) of Warren’s Showtime at Santa Anita yesterday. (Apparently, the “recordkeepers” at the CHRB take weekends off.) You see, Warren’s was one of those “stars” – multiple graded-stakes winner, $850K lifetime “earnings” – and so, the rags covered it.
The 5-year-old’s success (read: money), by the way, wholly explains the profound sadness of her people: Trainer Craig Lewis was variously described (BloodHorse, DRF) as “emotional,” “shaken,” “voice cracking.” Vile, to the core.