Turfway opened its meet Wednesday with great fanfare, what with the newly-installed “Historical Racing Machines” – slots, basically – artificially jacking up the purses. As for the cruelty (and, probably, killing), that, too, is off to a rousing start.
In the very first race, Anytimeallthetime, says the chart, “stumbled at the start, went wrong past the 1/4 pole, took a bad step and fell while vanned off following the finish.” Several of racing’s favorite euphemisms packed into a single line: “stumbled,” “went wrong,” “took a bad step,” “vanned off.” Because the replay was (of course) edited, this rough cut from one of our activists is the best we could do. But you’ll get the idea…
A few races later, 2-year-old Acrimony, after being “antsy in gate,” was “pulled up” and eventually “vanned off.” Two races after that, Lightning Fire, also “antsy” beforehand, “stopped badly,” finishing some 30 lengths back (still, that slots cash allowed for a $500 payout to her exploiters). Then, in the 6th last night, Maotai and Baby No Worries, both three, “collided,” with neither finishing the race.
This is Turfway. This is horseracing.