Although all the race charts are published by Equibase, the reporting is anything but uniform, with each track writer employing his/her own style and, more important, standards as to what exactly merits reporting. Truth is, some writers are loath to give up anything that would reflect poorly on their home turf. Delaware Park this week offers a good example.
In the 3rd Wednesday, Muzzle Tough, it was relayed, “showed good early speed from the inside, tired readily, was eased up on through the stretch and walked off.” Harmless enough, huh? In fact, say the stewards in their official report, Muzzle “bled from [both] nostrils.” Not so harmless, after all.
Same day, a few races later, English Lad was “sandwiched at the start [and] outrun.” Yes, “outrun” to the tune of 105 1/2 lengths back. Not mentioned, again, by the writer was that the 4-year-old “bled.” Wholly related: Delaware is a racino – a track being propped up by taxpayer money – and pays first-last, meaning English, even at 105 1/2 lengths back, “earned” for his people, jockey Jesus Bracho among them. Criminal.
And finally, there is Sergeant Wild Bill in the 3rd Thursday. The chart merely notes that the 2-year-old “fell and was vanned off.” In fact, he was euthanized on the track, where he lay. Duplicity (among other things), thy name is horseracing.