On January 6, trainer Juan Vazquez shipped his horse Shining Colors from Belmont to Parx; three days later, Shining was euthanized for a “severe, chronic case of laminitis.” Pennsylvania ruled that Vazquez was “grossly negligent, cruel, and abusive” and suspended him till 2025. Yesterday, the DRF reported that Vazquez was denied a stay of that suspension and must vacate his Parx stalls. His attorney, Alan Pincus, has cried, unfair! Pincus claims that denying the stay before an appeal hearing puts Vazquez in danger of having his “life destroyed.” “This will ruin him,” he says. Pity, pity.
Meanwhile, the animal abuser/killer (here is another one of his victims) ran three horses at Saratoga yesterday: 2-year-old Sorpreso (who finished 18 lengths back in his first ever race); 3-year-old Surprise Boss; and 3-year-old I’ll Go All In (who, in her past five races under Vazquez, has finished a combined 84+ lengths back).