Charles Town, Belmont Notch Kills; Indiana Lets Another Welter Go Free

The 1st at Charles Town last night, in the cold, terse telling of the chartwriter: “Dimelo Papi was bumped leaving the gate then gave chase, raced evenly in the stretch but pulled up lame on the clubhouse turn and was consequently euthanized.” Dimelo was three years old; ’twas his fourth time under the whip. Complicit in the kill: his direct exploiters (Gustavo Santiago, Miguel Agosto, et al.) and all those who support the U.S. horseracing industry in any way – betting, attending, watching, working in, etc.

Also, the NY Commission reports that Stonecoldwarrior (they had his name completely wrong, showing their exquisite attention to detail) was found in his Belmont stall “in distress” yesterday, “diagnosed with severe colic” – euthanized. Stonecold was five years old and had last been raced Oct 25. Among the complicit, Dan and Linda Siculietano.

And finally, this from the criminally negligent Indiana Horse Racing Commission: “While driving Bythemissal at Hoosier Park Oct 28, Yannick Gingras did cause welts. For this violation Mr. Gingras is fined $500. Mr. Gingras waived his right to a hearing and agreed to the penalty.” This is not the first time Gingras has appeared on our site: Also this year, Gingras has been busted for “racing a horse in an unfit condition” at Pocono, “kicking a horse” at Yonkers, and for, yes, “leaving welts” at Lexington. And yet he drives on…

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  1. Patrick, Blood Horse is reporting this Sunday, November 12, 60 Minutes is airing a segment on “racing reform”. It sounds like they are bringing up the undercover aspects as well in this documentary.

    • Thanks Nancy. I will be sure to watch, but the word “reform” raises a bit of a red flag, as we all know there is no reforming racing. Let’s hope it’s an accurate story. 60 Minutes is usually pretty thorough.

    • I expect it to be a rehash of what we already know; the FBI investigation of Navarro and Jason Servis and all of those corrupt trainers and veterinarians and the legal actions that were taken against them. This was to allegedly “protect racehorses” as well as to “protect gamblers” so that swill isn’t going to stop, in my opinion.
      Then the whole “reform” thing with the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act legislation and the formation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority and the Horseracing Integrity and Welfare Unit and “lalalalala” how that is working so well as if the industry has not stopped their usual playbook of lies and falsehoods to dupe the American public.

      • The 60 minutes segment on horse racing reform should have included an interview with Patrick and others from HR Wrongs.

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