Details on two more Kentucky kills:
Parents Pride, at Churchill Apr 29: “This filly pulled up after the 3/16 with severe weakness in the hind limbs and collapsed. The KHRC vets rushed to aid the fallen horse. Before the filly could be evaluated, she became agonal and died.” Then this: “She was loaded onto the ambulance and transported off the course.” But of course, for how else to clear the arena so the rest of the show could go on?
Officially, Parents suffered “exercise-associated sudden death,” but no definitive cause was found. For those new to this, know that this happens all the time in this vile industry. Adolescent horses – Parents was just 4 – simply keeling over and dying. It should also be noted that the necropsy found “no prohibited substances and no therapeutic medication above regulatory threshold concentrations.” So don’t blame drugs. Oh, and of course Parents suffered from “chronic stomach ulceration.”
Take Charge Briana, at Churchill May 2: “This filly fell near the 3/16 pole. [She] was sedated and euthanized due to the severity of her injury. RF fetlock open and disarticulated, [multiple] fractures.” Also: “left forelimb [other leg] cartilage loss and erosion; severe stomach ulceration” – at the age of 3. Finally: In his interview, trainer D. Wayne Lukas described TCB as “royally bred.” Lots of good that did, huh?