“Opening Day” at “world famous” Saratoga Race Course is still 10 days away – but the track has already tallied three kills. Yesterday, Vindatude collapsed and died while training – collapsed and died, that is, at the age of three. Vindatude was coming off her first race, June 26 at Belmont, a race she “won,” garnering almost $25,000 for her exploiter, breeder/owner/trainer George Weaver; Weaver grieves today.
Incidentally, the racing rag BloodHorse reported on this because – and only because – the rider, who also happens to be Weaver’s wife, was injured and transported to the hospital. An eyewitness, a “fan” there to watch morning training, told the paper that the rider was pinned under the dead horse, adding: “It’s terrible to watch something like that and to not be able to do anything about it… She was so far underneath the horse that we couldn’t even see her.” And that, folks, is all they truly care about.