More details on some of the 2021 deceased I reported on…
Watch Your Step’s run in the 6th at Thistledown Aug 30 was, according to the chart, unremarkable (beyond, that is, finishing last). Turns out, says the Racing Commission, he had suffered a “displaced sesamoid fracture.” How long was he made to linger with this injury? The 5-year-old was not euthanized till Sep 6 – a full week later.
Yeahiknow finished last in a cheap ($5,000) claiming race at Belterra on Sep 3; the chartwriter said, “through after half, dropped far back” – 28 lengths, to be precise. The Commission picks it up from there: “The horse galloped out from the turf course to the main track. Upon entering main track, horse walked [about] 30 yards, collapsed and died – most likely a pulmonary bleed-out or cardiac event.” He was six years old; this was his 41st time under the whip.
Royal Briar was raced at Mountaineer on May 27, 2019. It was his 42nd “career” race. As the months went by, it appeared as if his track days were over. But no. On Sep 7 of last year – after being away from racing for over two years – the then-nine-year-old Royal was killed – “displaced P1 fracture” – training at Thistledown.
Midnight Whiskey had this note in the 5th at Penn Sep 10: “Midnight Whiskey suffered a catastrophic injury to his right front, [was] pulled up and was walked into the van.” Yes, that’s right, the catastrophically-injured (what the specific break was the state did not reveal) Midnight was made to walk into the van. And that’s not the first time this has happened at this wretched track.
Mox Nix broke down – “complete, compound fracture of cannon” – at Belterra Sep 28. He was eight years old. But here’s the thing: It had been almost five years since he was last raced. Almost five years. And he still had the same miscreant owner/trainer: Robert Bennett. What’s more, Bennett had raced Mox four times in 2016 (his only four races prior to last year); in those, Mox finished a combined 69+ lengths back.
This is horseracing.