Three days ago, I relayed the killing of Keri Brion-trained Machenbank in Virginia. The stewards, in their report, have added these macabre details:
“Machinbank [sic] jumped the second-to-last fence and, about 10 strides after landing, suffered a compound fracture of his right hind cannon bone. He was euthanized on the course. Upon inspection of the fence…it was reported that the roll had been compressed under the steel frame, hair was present on the frame, and a footprint was visible on the plastic brush. [I]t may be that he attempted to bank the fence and was injured in that attempt followed very shortly by the catastrophic fracture.”
But it gets worse. From the summary:
“The course was smooth and even. It has never been in better shape. The Race Committee’s hard work and attention to detail was on full display. Overall things ran smoothly, despite the unavoidable delay following the first race.”
Great to hear “things ran smoothly” – aside from that “unavoidable delay” caused by a dying/dead horse on the track. How do these people sleep at night?
By the way, this also happened that day: “Twenty Years On was pulled up four fences from home with a ruptured tendon; Lucky Soul was noticeably lame upon pulling up.”