While I’ve already reported on the death of Run the Tap at Keeneland, more details have emerged. The specific injury, says the Racing Commission, was a “complete fracture of the left ilium” (pelvis) followed by “internal bleeding,” which caused her to “collapse and die within a few minutes.” Trainer Ken McPeek told the Commission “that he had another filly fracture her pelvis in the same week [while training] at Churchill. McPeek…thought that these incidents were freak accidents.” Yup, just “freak accidents.” (I will of course get the name of the other horse.)
Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. told the Commission that Run the Tap “never got into the race [and] as soon as he pulled her up past the wire, he knew there was something wrong.” But he also added that “he had been aboard the filly for her morning workouts and that she was a bit lazy and needed encouragement throughout.”
Also, we already knew about the 3-year-old Miniconjou dropping from a heart attack – or, as the Commission put it, “expiring by the time the vet arrived on the scene” – at Churchill last month. New, however, is this: “No diagnosis was made. The body was autolyzed [too far decayed] upon arrival at the lab and no diagnostics were possible. Upon inquiry to the track and shipper, it was determined that the death occurred late in the race day and the shipper was contacted to pick the horse up the next day.”
This is horseracing.