In the 5th at Churchill Nov 2, Mint, said Equibase, “slammed his head” on the starting gate. In their report, the stewards added this: “After reviewing the replay and interviewing the starter, [we] determined that the horse caused his own trouble when he reared at the start.” Yes, it was the anxious, stressed, maybe terrified – oh, and enslaved – horse’s fault that he “slammed his head.”
Same day, the stewards say, Western River “suffered an injury and required the assistance of the horse ambulance.” The 3-year-old was then “transported by his connections to a Lexington clinic.” Could be one of those lost dead – you know, what happens off-site is none of our (Racing Commission) business.
Lastly, next day, the sales of 2-year-old She’ll Never Know and 3-year-old Loma Vista were “voided when they were placed on the Vet’s List while in the test barn.”
This is horseracing.