In the 7th at Ruidoso, 3-year-old Apolitical Eagle “went wrong” and was “vanned off” – terminology that almost always means dead. (I will confirm.) But there was more fun to be had there: No fewer than 20 horses exchanged “bumps,” with many getting it from “both sides,” and at least one who was “bumped repeatedly.”

In the 8th at Pleasanton, 3-year-old Silver Affair, says the chartwriter, hit the gate, then ran “erratically” before coming in last, some 22 lengths back.

And finally, in the 7th at Delta, Power Up “bled” and was “vanned off” after finishing third. However: The 2-year-old filly was disqualified “for interference in late stretch” – interference, that is, as she was bleeding from her lungs by way of her nostrils.

This is horseracing.

Last evening, I reported on the killing of True Hero at Thistledown. As mentioned, this poor baby never had a chance, finishing a combined 60+ lengths back in his only two races prior to yesterday. While the rational world sees True’s exploiters as complicit in his death, they themselves seek sympathy:

“Devastated,” huh? Despicable is more like it.

In other news, Hymn’s Sylvia was raced Wednesday at Penn – his first race in almost two years. Worse still, he is 12 years old. Shockingly, his abusers have been the same since birth (4/14/10, in case you were wondering): breeder/owner, Lydee Shea; trainer, Timothy Shea. Penn: 717-469-2211; PA Racing Commission: 717-787-5196.

In the 1st at Thistledown Monday, Qualifly “gave way late and returned bleeding from the nostrils” – which is indicative, of course, of pulmonary hemorrhage. While this is by no means unusual, I bring it to your attention because the 7-year-old Qualifly was being whipped (by Luis Rivera) right to the end, even after he began to fall back (no doubt because he was bleeding from the nostrils). Qualifly is the #4:

And would you believe that the very next day, it happened again. Yesterday, once again in the 1st race, 4-year-old Lilac Lace “gave way late and returned bleeding from the nostrils.” Lilac is the #6 (on the outside):

Thistledown, like all the other six Ohio tracks, is a racino, meaning it is being wholly propped up by slots revenue – slots revenue that would otherwise be going back to the state for education. If you’re an Ohio resident, let your voice be heard:

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