According to the chart, Bootdaddy Justice fell and was “vanned off” in the 5th at Horseshoe (the rechristened Indiana Grand) yesterday. While the chart did not make mention of it, the announcer relayed that Bootdaddy was “fractious” while being loaded. Perhaps he was already injured/sick/compromised? (Since Horseshoe is one of those tracks that gives nothing up, confirmation will have to wait till my FOIA.)

According to the chart, Miniconjou did just fine in the 11th race at Churchill June 11 – finishing third and winning almost $13K for his people. The chartwriter, however, conveniently neglected to tell us what happened immediately after. This from the Racing Commission: “horse collapsed on the racetrack and died of an apparent heart attack.” An “apparent heart attack,” that is, at the age of three. But the news was not all bad: the jockey, says the Commission, “escaped injury.”

This is horseracing.

The Oklahoma Racing Commission announced the following Friday:

“A REPORT WAS RECEIVED STATING THE HORSE JUST A KVN, WHICH PLACED 1ST IN THE 3RD RACE AT REMINGTON ON THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022, TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE D-METHAMPHETAMINE. ON JUNE 24, 2022, THE BOS AT RP DETERMINED THAT THE PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND WELFARE IS AT RISK AND REQUIRES EMERGENCY ACTION AND THE SUBSTANCE D-METHAMPHETAMINE CAN AFFECT THE PERFORMANCE OF A HORSE AND THE WELFARE OF THE BETTING PUBLIC, OTHER LICENSEES, AND HORSES IN HIS CARE. THEREFORE, IT IS THE ORDER OF THE BOS AT RP THAT OWNER/TRAINER ETNIEL SANABRIA IS SUMMARILY SUSPENDED EFFECTIVE JUNE 24, 2022, AND CONTINUING PENDING A HEARING AND FINAL DETERMINATION.”

“The public health, safety, and welfare is at risk – emergency action required.” Priorities, huh? And bet you didn’t know that methamphetamine “can affect the performance of a horse.” The “D” prefix, by the way, stands for dextro, the more potent of the two forms of meth – “more stimulating and psychoactive, [with] a higher abuse potential,” according to one medical site. The 2-year-old Just a Kvn has not been raced since the positive over a month ago.

This is horseracing.