Beating the Hell Out of Babies at Los Alamitos

The following 23 horses were scratched from races at Golden Gate and Los Alamitos – over just five racedays. Again, it’s more than just the killing.

Tyche Awaits You, injured
Marando Pass, unsound
Bottle of Smoke, sick
Fuente, unsound on track
Continental Union, injured
Slight Approval, unsound
Mary Margaret, injured
Amanda Rose, injured
Reservoir, injured
Lady of the Light, injured in paddock
Smilingatthemoon, injured
Lover Boy Tom, sick
Ketanji, sick
No Eres Tu Soy Yo, sick
Bye Bye Boodle, injured
Desert Dude, sick
Fly Buddy Fly, sick
Do You Hear That, unsound
Runkerry, sick
It’s a Riddle, injured
Thisonesforbarry, injured
Tom Bombadil, unsound
Party Town, injured

There was also this from the LA stewards:

“In the 8th race Dec 11, Jockey Eduardo Nicasio used the crop about 14 times, including striking more than two times without giving the horse a chance to respond and using the crop in the upright position.” That’s three for three on the new whip rules. And no ignorance was claimed: “Mr. Nicasio stated that he knew the rule and knew he had violated it.” Nicasio was aboard 2-year-old Cyber Attack. The race, a QuarterHorse, was only 400 yards. It took Cyber (who “won”) about 19 1/2 seconds to cover that distance – which means he was whipped almost continuously.

In the exact same race, jockey Juan Leon did the exact same thing – 14, more than two, upright position – to Mahomes Magic, also just two. While Mahomes finished last, he still did it in about 20 seconds.

Each of the above was fined and suspended ten days. Steep by racing standards, but ten days for administering brutal beatings to practical babies? Disgusting.

And finally, on a bit of a lighter note, at Golden Gate Dec 10:

“Stewards held an informal hearing for Trainer Monte Meier and his wife Owner Donna Perrone, [who] were involved in an alleged incident in front of the grandstand at the Alameda County Fair July 1. Meier and Perrone became angry, loud, and confrontational when arguing the results of a claim for a horse that went to another trainer. The reported confrontation occurred in front of the viewing public and reflected negatively on horse racing.”

So that, and not the everyday cruelty and wholesale carnage, is what “reflects negatively on horse racing”? Speechless.

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  1. It is so obvious these beautiful living horses are NOT being taken care of in a respectful or meaningful way “behind closed doors”. Some day when these abusers are in the dependent care of someone, that they shall see a different side of life..too late.

  2. What? Another tacky and classless racing couple, airing out their domestic squabbles at the fun-for-the-whole-family county fair? Good thing the horse-killing attraction is somewhat segregated from the rest of the fairground’s activities. (Wouldn’t want little kids to have to witness animal cruelty AND loud ‘n trashy horse exploiters spewing their hostility at one another in public;)

  3. In horse racing, the morally depraved abuse of horses, the maiming & killing of SEVERELY INJURED horses and all that and attempting to run sick and unsound horses is abnormal in a moral society. For this cesspool of ANIMAL CRUELTY, RACE-FIXING and RACKETEERING known as HORSERACING, it’s normal. It’s “normal” for morally degenerate people who are involved in this egregiously CRUEL horse-killing game to force young, underdeveloped colts and fillies to perform as though they were fully developed and matured horses. Anybody who actually cares about their horses would never subject their horses to this predictable outcome of ABUSE, neglect and death to their horses.
    Horse racing is horse killing, but first exploit them for every dollar you can possibly get out of them. That’s the non-horsemen’s and the non-horsewomen’s creed.

  4. Well, we certainly wouldn’t want anything reflecting negatively on horse racing, now would we?
    I’m not sure how a domestic squabble is considered detrimental to the industries image but horses suffering catastrophic injuries, dropping dead in full view of the grandstands, and the blatant excessive overuse of a torture device (i.e whips) is just “wholesome family fun”.
    Hypocrisy abounds.

  5. You greedy people are a bunch of son of a bitches and you need to close down the horse race industry forever

  6. These are horrible and cruel people who would allow horses to be beaten and abused so badly that they had to be euthanized. I agree that this horse race sport industry should be shut down forever.

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