In the 8th at Mahoning yesterday, says the chartwriter, Go Estrella “wouldn’t load at the gate…stopped in the stretch, and was vanned off.”

Again, “wouldn’t load – stopped – vanned off.”

Do you suppose this poor filly was trying to tell her exploiters – most recently, owner/trainer Johanna Urieta – something? In fact, it would appear she has been “speaking” from the very beginning. Her seven prior races, none of which, of course, she “won”:

9/6/20: 13+ lengths back
10/3/20: 14 lengths back
11/5/20: 16 lengths back (“hit the starting gate”)
12/19/20: 8+ lengths back
1/4/21: 16+ lengths back
1/16/21: 14+ lengths back
11/2/21: 5 lengths back

This is horseracing.

Once again, it’s not just those injured/killed out on the track. Here are the three California tracks in the first week of November – covering just 10 total racedays.

Del Mar
Nov 3: 7 horses scratched, at least 3 for being sick/injured/unsound
Nov 4: 4 horses scratched, at least 2 for being sick/injured/unsound
Nov 5: 10 horses scratched, at least 7 for being sick/injured/unsound/cast in gate
Nov 6: 12 horses scratched, at least 7 for being sick/injured/unsound
Nov 7: 3 horses scratched, at least 1 for being sick/injured/unsound

In all, 33 horses were put on the “vet’s list” during the week. In addition, there was a voided “claim” (sale) because the horse was “unsound.”

Golden Gate
Nov 5: 5 horses scratched, at least 4 for being sick/injured/unsound
Nov 6: 5 horses scratched, at least 3 for being sick/injured/unsound
Nov 7: 3 horses scratched, all for being sick/injured/unsound

Los Alamitos
Nov 6: 4 horses scratched, all for being sick/injured/unsound
Nov 7: 4 horses scratched, at least 2 for being sick/injured/unsound