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.

True Hero in the 4th at Thistledown today: “had good early speed, was bumped past the 9/16 pole, hit the rail, fell suffering a catastrophic injury and was euthanized.”

“hit the rail”


“catastrophic injury”


True was three years old. Here is his entire “career”:

race #1, May 17 of this year – last, 31+ lengths back
race #2, Jun 21 – 8th, 29 lengths back
race #3, today (a mere nine days after the last) – dead

Never had a chance. The complicit: owner Kris Nemann, trainer Richard Zielinski.

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.