Here is the chart note for 3-year-old Hip Hop Hooray in the 1st at Parx yesterday: “raced just behind the pacesetters then collapsed and died after the finish.” The comment next to all the relevant betting information was even more stark: “fell dead after finish.” Imagine if you had seen that in one of yesterday’s baseball box scores. A sport? Vile.
Also sacrificed yesterday: Gardees World at Golden Gate Fields, cause not disclosed. Gardees was five and had been put to the whip 32 times; her most recent timed workout was Aug 26. This is kill #10 on the year for Golden Gate. Can’t close soon enough.