On subsidies, besides the obvious – propping this industry up with corporate welfare allows for the continued abuse and killing of beautiful horses – there is this ancillary wrong: The massive infusion of unearned income from casino gaming allows tracks to pay first-last, regularly leading to situations like what happened at Charles Town last night.
In the 1st, Itsuptome finished last of 7, 40 lenghths back; her connections still won $135.
In the 3rd, Taneleer finished last of 9, 20+ lengths back; his connections still won $135.
In the 4th, Hero’s Man finished last of 8, 19+ lengths back; his connections still won $135.
In the 6th, Mexican Kryptonite finished last of 10, 25 lengths back; his connections still won $135.
Then this: In the 7th race, 6-year-old College Kid finished last of 9, 72 lengths back, but, you guessed it, her connections – owners William Devane and Adam King, trainer Toschia Spriggs, and worst of all, jockey Jason Simpson – still cashed in, $135. But, if you can believe it, it’s even worse: College Kid, says the chartwriter, “showed no response leaving the turn [and] limped to the wire.” “Limped to the wire.” Criminal. Horseracing.