Animal abusers Stan Brewer and Gilbert Ecoffey were back at it yesterday at Energy Downs, racing the poor Laddie Boy just nine days after his last race. Laddie, I remind, is 12, and this was his 123rd time under the whip. Not that it matters, but he finished 14+ lengths back. Still, he “earned” almost 500 bucks for this ugly pair of human beings.
Meanwhile, 11-year-old Nyoman, currently being exploited and abused by Francisco Villa, was raced at Hawthorne yesterday – his 100th time under the whip.
And finally, on our weekly list you’ll see that Queen Ekati “bled” and was “vanned off” at Hawthorne Thursday. This is (at least) the third time she has bled in less than a year: April 20 at Hawthorne and Aug 2 (after being “unresponsive to urging”) at Fairmount. Brian Cook is responsible for the two most recent episodes, Dawn Martin prior to that. For those who may be new to this, “bled” means the horse bled from his/her nostrils – which is a manifestation of pulmonary hemorrhage. Pulmonary hemorrhage.