More steeplechase madness. According to the stewards at the Pennsylvania Hunt Cup Sunday, in only four races:
Lonely Weekend “fell at fence 11.”
Boutonniere “pulled up lame.”
Real Good Man “was pulled up” and did not finish.
And, “Tapped Off ran erratically early toward the rear…made some ground while still running inconsistently…. As jockey attempted to use her whip mid-stretch, the horse made a slight bobble and the jockey…became unseated. [Horse] ran back to the barn and fell over the outside fence and into the stabling area, where he remained for an extended period of time. He was [then] attended to by the course vet.”
Then there was this, last week at Churchill:
Mint, said the chartwriter, “reared as the gates were opening and slammed her [sic: Mint is male] head into the top of the stall.” The 4-year-old was raced anyway (of course), “[coming] out many lengths behind the field in the aftermath, then was distanced around the first turn before pulling up entering the backstretch.”
This is horseracing.