Fort Defiance, said the chartwriter, “went wrong and fell” in the 9th at Turfway Mar 17. In Kentucky (and elsewhere), this phrasing is almost invariably a euphemism for dead. And indeed the 3-year-old is. From the Racing Commission: “horse suffered catastrophic injury to left foreleg…humanely euthanized on the racetrack.” The chartwriter, by the way, claimed that Fort was “vanned off” after falling, neglecting to mention, of course, that he was “vanned off” already dead.
This is horseracing.
As far as what the chartwriters write, it’s mostly for the racing industry insiders who mostly don’t give a crap one way or the other about what happens to the horse.
For the general public who are not familiar with the deception and lies promoted and perpetuated by this industry, the chartwriters have a “job” to do to be as deceitful as possible.
So much for a fun-filled family atmosphere.
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