“Pulled Up in Distress,” Dead at Turfway

Joy Enamorada, a “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Turfway Thursday, is dead – “catastrophic injury to right foreleg, humanely euthanized” (Commission). Joy was three; ’twas her 15th time under the whip. She was also “For Sale” the day she died.

Also, this note from Gulfstream on that same day: My Voodoo Doll, also three, “was reluctant to load,” was raced anyway, and was subsequently “vanned off.” Do you think perhaps he was already injured and in his “reluctance to load” was trying to tell them so? This, by the way, was his first ever race. Will update.

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  1. if they die catastrophically like this is there then insurance money for the owner. please explain this to me

    • In the past approximately four years of reading this blog, there have been different comments on whether or not insurance money can be claimed on racehorses.
      The lower level horses such as the claimers are said to be “not insured”. Obviously, when the owners don’t have an insurance policy on what they call “cheap” claimers, there is no possibility of claiming any money regardless of how the horse was killed or what the injuries were to the horse.
      In the world-class level horses, the owners would most likely have an insurance policy and be able to submit a claim. I would go so far as to say that I don’t believe it would matter to the owners of horses valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions of dollars, how the horse was injured and killed (as long as they get some money out of the deal).
      This horse, JOY ENAMORADA, was most likely NOT insured. She could have been a tax write-off for the owner(s).

  2. Poor Joy Enamorada must have had some big glaring issues. For sale in her first auction, no one wanted her. She had no bids. In her second auction a month later, she sold for a mere $1000. Someone bought her to be a cheap, disposable racer. This is the true “sport of kings” in the US.

    • You are so right Marie. It speaks volumes about the character of these people. How far has the “sport of kings” fallen!!? My heart breaks for these horses.

  3. Vicious vile horse racers who only care about how much money they can get by abusing the innocent injured horses

  4. Trainers, owners, and the track managements themselves are finding out every day that their core audience and customers – gamblers, like me- are leaving the sport for greener pastures. Sports betting is one of the most rapidly growing industries in this country. In fact, it has come to my attention that ‘Fan Duel’ is in talks to purchase the Meadowlands Racetrack from present owner Jeff Gural.

    Gural is no fool; he is well aware that horse racing is on the down slide and it has been for many years now.

    “A bunch of old men screaming at television sets.”

    Several years ago he rebuilt a brand-new Meadowlands grandstand with, I believe, the hopes that he could install a full-out casino in the old building. It never happened; the old grandstand, vacant since 2013, was demolished, or, is scheduled to be demolished, I don’t know – but either way, Gural sure seems to want out.

    With these poor horses that are unable to run, reluctant to load, infirm, unsound, but pushed into the starting gate anyway – it’s no wonder that more and more bettors are switching their tack to casinos and sports betting.

    Good – this sport has become a mockery, a travesty and the endless lists of dead horses makes this ‘game’ an abject horror – certainly not fun. But ‘fun’ is what pastimes are supposed to be. I find no amusement in the fact that these horses are being horribly mistreated for monetary gain. Anny tiny semblance of ‘fair play’ has long since disappeared form this ‘sport’.

    Remember – once enough gamblers decide they have had enough and they leave, they don’t come back. When enough of them leave, all the propped up- subsidiary money in the world won’t help.

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