The “Radnor Hunt Races” were run in Malvern, PA, May 21 – which, as you’ll see, was a very hot day. Here are some notes from the stewards.
Race 1: 6-year-old Tom “collapsed on the course,” revived with “lots of water and ice.”
Race 2: Five horses “pulled up, DNF.”
Race 3: “This race was shortened from 3 1/4 miles to 3 miles due to the heat.” Apparently, not shortened enough: 8-year-old First Friday “was pulled up after the 6th fence and transported by the horse ambulance.”
Race 4: “This race was shortened from 2 3/8 miles to 2 1/8 miles due to the heat.” Again, not enough: Four horses “pulled up, DNF.” One of those was 4-year-old Baltimore Kid. His rider, Parker Hendriks, “was asked to explain his use of the whip…when the horse clearly was not in the race. He thought the horse was being lazy and had better form than he was showing…. He was cautioned but not fined or penalized.”
Race 5 (final race): Four more “pulled up, DNF.”
Finally, say the stewards, “It is recommended that a source of electricity for cooling fans be supplied for future meets, especially when there are excessive heat warnings.”
This is horseracing.