In the 10th race at Parx yesterday, Good Culture, says the chart, “engaged the leader on the final turn, suffered a catastrophic injury to his right front leg and was subsequently euthanized.” Dead. He was five years old, and this was his 28th time under the whip.
What happened at Churchill Downs in the week leading up to, and the actual day of, the Kentucky Derby (7 kills in 10 days) should have forever put to rest the notion that there’s any meaningful difference between the so-called top-tier tracks and the rest. Besides, as the horses are ever being shuttled among the various tracks, and indeed, across state lines, U.S. Racing should be viewed as a single entity. Good Culture provides a noteworthy example. While his final race came at pedestrian Parx, prior to that he was raced at the Who’s Who of U.S. tracks, including all three Triple Crown venues (Churchill, Pimlico, Belmont), as well as Saratoga and Keeneland. In short, his death, this kill, is the industry’s.