In the 6th at Aqueduct yesterday, A Colt Named Susie “[was] coaxed from the gate, chased three then two wide, suffered an injury just inside the half-mile pole…stopped himself along the outside rail…and was subsequently euthanized on track.” Lots to unpack there. “Coaxed from the gate”: wasn’t too anxious to be whip-forced to run at a breakneck speed. “Stopped himself”: after suffering a catastrophic injury, that is (but of course that’s what any fatally-injured animal would do). Back to “coaxed”: This was A Colt’s 15th start; in his final seven completed races, all under the yoke of Ralph D’Alessandro, A Colt finished a combined 141 lengths back – over 20 per race. In other words, this kill could be seen from eight furlongs away.
A few hours later in West Virginia, this for Dr. Devera’s Way at Charles Town: “had his heels clipped past the 3/4 pole, gave chase nearing the 3/8 pole but was eased with a fatal injury and had to be euthanized on the track.” The chartwriter went on to note that the stewards “reviewed the heel-clipping incident before posting this race official.” Great to know they have their priorities straight. Dr. Devera was six years old.