Trainer Had Every Intention of Racing His Lame Horse

The “My Lady’s Manor” steeplechase was held Saturday in Monkton, Maryland. Prior to the 3rd, report the stewards, “Our Legend was scratched on recommendation of the examining vet during the pre-race vet check. The vet reported that the horse was lame in his right front. She stated that trainer Jack Fisher was aware of this problem and had been treating it.” To repeat, the horse (seven years old, by the way) was lame; the trainer knew it – but was going to race him anyway. You can’t make this stuff up.

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  1. Absolutely despicable on the part of the trainer. Absolutely heroic on the part of the vet.

  2. These creeps are not true horsemen, not even close!!!! The audacity to say that the trainer knew the horse was lame as if the brainless owner could not care one iota about the horse’s health or anything about the horse as a living, breathing feeling animal. Veterinarians must have several years of college education in their field. The character of the person is another story in so many cases, but what training or education must a so-called (horse) trainer have??? There is no requirement by any state that I know of that says you must have at least 8 years of formal accredited college education in “Equine Studies” or anything else that resembles horse racing industry trainer, or, owner.

    • I misunderstood the “she” to be the owner rather than the pre-race examination veterinarian. But still, it’s clear that whoever owns the lame horse is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. This trainer, Jack Fisher, is listed as the trainer of two other horses in this same race.

  3. It’s not unusual for trainers/connections of a racehorse to send horse out to race knowing that horse is lame.
    And more often than not a raceday vet appears not to notice if a horse being presented to race is a bit lame.

    • The vet probably also saved herself from having to be the one that would have had to euthanize the lame horse. It’s kind of a no-brainer that a horse that is lame would have gone down probably on the first jump or sooner. Without knowing how lame the horse is or was, it is hard to say if the horse would have made it to the first jump. It doesn’t seem logical that the horse would have stayed up on all fours after the first jump IF the horse would have even made it that far.

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