Ahead of my New Mexico report, a few particularly horrific cases:
On Nov 13, Miss Hussy Cartel was “scratched” in the gate at Zia – “mouth injury.” According to the jockey, the horse next to Miss Hussy moved and Miss Hussy then “attempted to start hitting her mouth on the gate.” The 3-year-old did survive and is still being raced and abused in New Mexico.
Same day, three races later, Teller Dragon “flipped [and got] hung up in the gate” – “bleeding mouth.” The trainer, Jose Gonzalez, says it was but a “freak accident, doesn’t blame anyone.” Teller is also three, and she, too, is still under the yoke in New Mexico.
Seven days later, Apollitical Papa was also “scratched” at Zia – yes, another gate incident. This time a “broken tooth” and “lacerated gums.” From the report: “[Trainer] Fred Danley stated when Apollitical flipped in the gate, he was sitting on his rear with his head between his legs. Jockey requested that the crew open the tailgate so he could go ahead and fall backward…and not get hung up under the gate. [Danley] thinks more training should be done with the starters….” Just six days after this, what I’m sure was a terrifying, painful ordeal, the 5-year-old Apollitical was taken to a clinic “for signs of colic.” The following day, he died. That poor, poor boy.
And finally, this for 3-year-old Truely Right Oct 9 at Zia: “Horse escaped from stall and ran loose in barn area. He made contact with a parked vehicle and shattered front windshield – multiple abrasions and lacerations.” Truely was not reported as euthanized, but obviously I will follow up.
This is horseracing.