Yesterday at storied Saratoga Race Course:
In the 1st race, Grey Giant “was fractious pre-race, acted-up as the field was sent on its way, refused to depart with the rest of the contestants while playing around and wheeling, was finally coaxed into beginning his journey about the same time the rest of the field was approaching the first jump, lagged at the rear while jumping outward, moved out of last briefly between fences five and six, bobbled landing over fence six then dropped to the rear again and was eased in the stretch then vanned off.”
“Fractious.” “Acted-up.” “Refused to depart while playing around.” “Finally coaxed into beginning his journey.” Funny stuff, huh? Not so funny is that the 4-year-old was injured at some point and eventually had to be ambulanced off the track. Disgusting.
In the 2nd race, Readyseekgo “was eased along to the finish [123 lengths back], then was reported to have bled.” (See this.)
In the 7th race, On Our Way Boyz, after “brushing the gate” at the start, “clipped heels and fell” – officially a “DNF.”
And finally, in the 8th race, this for 4-year-old Awesome Gerry (below): “suffered an injury at the 1/2-mile pole…put to a protective hold…guided to the outside fence…attended to by vet…euthanized on track.” This makes it two kills at Saratoga yesterday, four in the past five days, and seventh overall. Is this entertainment, NY?