I’ve been writing a lot recently on the extra level of evil made possible by the industry’s massive corporate welfare. Awash in free cash from casino gaming, tracks are able to pay first through last. So, it doesn’t matter what condition a horse is in before the start nor what happens to him during the race. All that matters is getting him across that line.
Yesterday at Thistledown, in addition to a 32+ lengths back/$122 payout, and in addition to a 39+ lengths back/$1,152 payout, there was this in the 4th race: “Leftlaneoutlaw hit the rail repeatedly soon after the start [and] lost contact with his field.”
“Hit the rail repeatedly, lost contact.” Did the jockey, Luis Gonzalez, think to pull the 3-year-old up? End his day early? Not a chance. Gonzalez got Leftlane, who by the way was being raced for the very first time, to “jog to the wire” – some 51 lengths back. And by doing so, the horse’s other abusers – Bryan Porter, Valerie Shanyfelt – “won” $264.