On June 8, 2019, Jess Dale First, five years old at the time, came in 9th of 10 in a race at Arizona Downs. His trainer in that race was Jorge Duarte-Noriega. Jess then disappeared from the charts for over 2 1/2 years, presumably “retired” – or, given that he was a gelding with negligible “earnings,” dead/slaughtered. But ’twas not the case.
Jess resurfaced at the death pit known as Rillito this past February – again, after being away for over 2 1/2 years. Under owner Luis Diaz-Barriga and trainer Pedro Urias Soto, Jess finished dead last. A new pair, Luis Fernando Diaz and Umberto Belloc, sent him out at the Cochise County Fair (still Arizona) in April. Once again, dead last.
A little over a week ago, May 7, it was the Santa Cruz County Fair. This time, Duarte-Noriega was back as trainer (with Diaz still owning). It was to be Jess’ final race – final anything. While the chart said nothing (save for “never a factor”), after the wire – and, yes, Jess finished last again – the now-8-year-old broke down and is dead.
If, after viewing this video, you are not at once sickened and seething with anger, then there’s nothing I can do to reach you.