In the 7th at Ruidoso, 3-year-old Apolitical Eagle “went wrong” and was “vanned off” – terminology that almost always means dead. (I will confirm.) But there was more fun to be had there: No fewer than 20 horses exchanged “bumps,” with many getting it from “both sides,” and at least one who was “bumped repeatedly.”
In the 8th at Pleasanton, 3-year-old Silver Affair, says the chartwriter, hit the gate, then ran “erratically” before coming in last, some 22 lengths back.
And finally, in the 7th at Delta, Power Up “bled” and was “vanned off” after finishing third. However: The 2-year-old filly was disqualified “for interference in late stretch” – interference, that is, as she was bleeding from her lungs by way of her nostrils.
This is horseracing.