According to Equibase, the 7th race at Delaware Thursday was “Canceled – Management Decision.” Now we know why. This from the Stewards’ Report:
“Race 7 was declared a No-Contest when #10 Trumpence clipped heals [sic] past the finish…horse and rider were down and not moving [and] the Warning lights and Siren were activated. Stewards ordered the outriders to pull the field up…. Horse was euthanized on the track when he couldn’t get up.”
Trumpence was nine years old; this was his 26th time under the whip.
The day before, the stewards say, 2-year-old Ladida was scratched after being “injured in the paddock.” This was to be her fourth race; in her three previous she had finished a combined 57+ lengths back.
The following race that day, 5-year-old Distorted Times was scratched for being “lame in the post parade.” In other words, his people – owner Michael Rhodes and trainer Jennifer Quinones – had every intention of racing him, but alas (for them) the regulatory vet intervened. The lameness, by the way, should not have come as a total surprise. In his most recent five races, dating from March and all under Rhodes/Quinones, Distorted finished either last or second-to-last – and a combined 91.5 lengths back.
This, every day, is horseracing.