Yesterday, three horses went down during races:
At Delta, 3-year-old Touching Aces, said the chartwriter, “fell around the final turn and was vanned off.” Not only was this fall whitewashed from the replay, but the announcer said nothing about it. Not a word.
At Mountaineer, 4-year-old Undetected “collapsed near the turn…vanned off.”
And at Parx, 4-year-old Southern Runner was initially declared dead by the chartwriter: “broke leg, fell, euthanized.” That has since been edited; now it simply reads, “fell nearing the far turn.” Now, there are two possibilities here. One, the writer was initially mistaken (i.e., the vet didn’t arrive, the tarp didn’t come out). Two, he was ordered to change it. Which of those do you reckon is more likely? Anyway, here’s how it looked: