Two-year-old – two-year-old – Chippewa being abused by a stablehand before the 4th race at Turfway yesterday:
And the response from Stidham Racing (Chippewa’s trainer is Michael Stidham):
“We here at the Stidham stable have been made aware of a video…appearing to show one of the stable’s employees treating a horse in his care in a manner incompatible with the barn’s typically extremely high standards of horsemanship.”
It “appears to show”?
The trainer himself then added:
“[Our stable] condemns any mistreatment or abuse of horses in any form. This type of behavior, for any reason, is unacceptable in my stable and inexcusable. The actions taken by this trusted employee of more than 20 years are entirely out of character. He has been reprimanded and reminded that any mistreatment of any horse under my care is unacceptable and abhorrent. Accountability in our sport is absolutely necessary and I take complete responsibility for this incident.”
All boxes checked: “condemns” – “unacceptable” – “inexcusable” – “abhorrent” – “reprimanded” – “reminded” – “accountability” – “responsibility” – blah, blah, blah. Now wait for it to blow over, and move on.
This is horseracing.