Details on Conversational, Super Quick

More details from the Kentucky Commission on a pair of kills in August:

2-year-old Conversational “went wrong” at Churchill Aug 13. How wrong? “LF fetlock open and disarticulated; [multiple] fractures; severe soft tissue damage.” Oh, and for those who blame drugs for all that ails Racing: “No prohibited substances detected. No therapeutic medication detected above regulatory threshold concentrations.”

4-year-old Super Quick went down at Ellis the very next day. As I wrote at the time, because Super was a “star,” the racing press lavished attention. That elite status may have also factored in on a couple of decisions regarding Super.

First, the Commission notes, Super had leg surgery as a 2-year-old. Disqualifying for a lesser (less profitable) horse? Perhaps. Indeed, the bulk of Super’s $423K “career earnings” came after that surgery. Second, after the ambulance was summoned (something the chart said nothing of, by the way), “the filly was anesthetized on the track [and] euthanized after being loaded onto the ambulance.” Can’t have a star killed right out in the open. The specifics: “[multiple] comminuted fractures; severe disruption of the soft tissues of the fetlock, with luxation of the joint.”

2 Comments

  1. EVERY DAY MORE AND MORE HORSES GOING DOWN ON THE TRACK. OBVIOUSLYH THIS IS ABUSE FOR HORSES. SHUT DOWN ALL TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR THIS HORROR-ABSOLUTE HORROR

  2. Considering the sheer amount of force applied to the legs of a horse while running, and the fact that Super Quick’s bones would still be developing before and after having her leg cobbled back together, it was sheer moral depravity to put her back on the track. Her connections are nothing more than parasites who latched into her to suck every last drop out of her until her body finally gave out.
    Then they didn’t even have the decency to end her torment where she fell – they had to force her broken body into their meat wagon to hide yet another sentient being destroyed by their greed.
    Any apologists who defend this are as morally bankrupt and as soulless as the industry they worship. End of story.

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