Word from Kentucky is that former superstar racer turned breeding machine Havre de Grace died yesterday at a farm in Lexington, the result, says BloodHorse, “of multiple hemorrhaging episodes after producing a colt two days earlier.” Those internal bleeding “episodes,” it turns out, numbered three – on three successive days.
Anticipating the obtuse apologist line that death during childbirth can and does happen in nature, allow me to point out what should be the obvious: Havre was made pregnant – nothing natural about that. But it’s even worse.
The stable manager, Wayne Sweezey, told BloodHorse: “She had problems foaling before. … I’m sure that put a lot of stress on her body.” So, she had prior birthing problems but they kept doing it. If this were a court of law…
Havre’s most recenter exploiter, Mandy Pope, who bought Havre for $10 million – yes $10 million – back in 2012 (photo below), told the TDN that the dying horse “was stoic right to the end.” She added that “hopefully [Havre] will be in the Hall of Fame one day.” My contempt for the Mandy Popes of this world grows with each passing day.