As fully expected – at least by me – 3-year-old Geaux Rocket Ride has been euthanized. The statement from owner Pin Oak Stud:
“It is with very heavy hearts that we report that…Geaux Rocket Ride has finally reached peace. His mind and his spirit never quit, but his body never recovered from surgery. He had a very rare response post-op and he wasn’t able to stand up again. He fought hard and our team of vets tried everything they could. … We will miss you forever, Rocket.”
Disgusting of course, but let’s put this in its proper light. Geaux was a million-dollar horse (in just five races) and fully intact, which means his brokenhearted owners stood to reap bundles on the back end – the breeding shed. That is one of the reasons his what-is-normally-fatal injury (displaced fracture, ligament damage) did not result in immediate euthanasia Saturday, when it occurred. The other? Santa Anita, the Breeders’ Cup, all of U.S. Racing are doing all they can to get their numbers – dead horses – down. And despite the media reporting on this one, Geaux will not show up on the official Cal death stats.
But today all I care about is this poor boy, and his extended suffering at the hands of greedy humans. We are so sorry, Geaux.