There are two types of people in the racing world: the ones who know they’re exploiting horses for personal gain and really don’t care; and the ones who are oblivious to who they are and what they do. Falling squarely into the latter category is the owner of Wild On Ice, who, you probably remember, died at Churchill last Thursday, the first of four kills at the Kentucky Derby track within the past week.
In a BloodHorse article Monday, Frank Sumpter said this about Wild’s death: “It is a sad day, and my heart is really broken for (trainer) Joel Marr and his family. I cried along with him this morning….” Bad enough, but it got even more abhorrent:
“My wife and I are Christians and we know that God’s got something bigger planned. I hate to lose this horse because I love him so much and he’s given us so much enjoyment. He also has given me this platform to talk about the Lord and to breed to a nice horse in Kentucky, raising up my breeding. If it wasn’t for him, I couldn’t do it.”