Never Had a Chance

More details on some of the 2021 deceased I reported on…

Gracefully was first put to the whip on Mar 7, 2020, at Aqueduct: last of 10, 29+ lengths back. Next time out, Jun 13 at Belmont: “eased, DNF.” She disappeared till April of last year; she was raced thrice that month at Gulfstream: Apr 4, last of 7, 38+ back; 14 days later, 7th of 8, 22+ back; 12 days later, last of 11, 33+ back. Less than a month later, on May 20, the 4-year-old (exactly: it was her “birthday”) was killed training at Gulfstream. She never had a chance. The complicit trainers: Anthony Dutrow (first two races), Padarath Lutchman (last three and death).

Seanshine died on Aug 22 at Arlington: “down in stall, history of progressive hind-end neurologic symptoms going back about one month, euthanized.” Seanshine finished last or second-to-last in each of his final 11 races; in his last race, Jul 23 – about the time he started showing “progressive hind-end neurologic symptoms” – he came in 22 lengths back. His abusers: owner Joseph Keenan, trainer Manny Perez.

A P Rock was first put to the whip on Aug 27 of last year at Gulfstream: last of 8, 29+ lengths back. Three weeks later, same track: 11th of 12, 28+ back. Just ten days after that, killed training at Charles Town. He was three years old; he, too, never had a chance. Owner, Ricardo De Anda; trainer, Brian Lusk.

Dirty Bird died in her stall at Parx on Nov 20 of an undisclosed illness. The FOIA, however, noted that the 5-year-old was not euthanized – i.e., she just died (although it didn’t say, she was most likely found dead). In all, Dirty Bird was raced 37 times. In her final three – Aug 30, Sep 8, Oct 4 – she finished last twice and second-to-last once, a combined 72+ lengths back. A harbinger (of turning up dead), perhaps?

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  1. No horse deserves this INHUMANE TREATMENT! Anyone who denies that horseracing is INHUMANE TREATMENT OF HORSES has something seriously wrong with them!!! Horses should be treated humanely with kindness and given proper care and love.
    There is no evidence of compassion in this industry of organized and systematic cruelty to horses for purse money and Pari-Mutuel wagering!
    #HorseracingisAnimalCruelty

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