Back in November, I reported on the death of Ekhtibaar: “found DOA [inside] van at Belmont…cause of death unknown.” Ekhtibaar was being shipped from Parx. His trainer: Juan Vazquez. Less than two months later, Vazquez struck again.
On January 6, Vazquez shipped a horse named Shining Colors, this time from Belmont to Parx. Three days later, she was euthanized for, according to a PA Commission ruling handed down yesterday, “a severe, chronic case of laminitis” – perhaps the most painful way a horse can die. The Commission went on to say, surprise, that “[Shining] should never have been shipped.” Upshot: For being “grossly negligent, cruel, and abusive” (probably at least twice), Vazquez has been fined $5,000 and suspended (just in PA) till Jan 2025. Justice served? Please.