5-year-old Igotitdad was reported as vanned off after finishing “evenly” in a race at Gulfstream West on November 8th. Coupled with a middle-of-the-pack result, this didn’t seem overly ominous. And that’s where it would have stayed if not for a single sentence in the Sun-Sentinel: “Igotitdad suffered a heart attack after finishing and was humanely euthanized on the track.” The “van,” as it turns out, was carrying but a corpse. Further proof – as if more were needed – that Racing rests on deceit.

Igotitdad’s last three starts prior to dying (all under trainer Bernardo Campos):

Sep 12th, 7th of 8, 16 3/4 lengths back
Oct 9th, 11th of 12, 32 lengths back
Oct 16th, last of 8, 16 1/2 lengths back

Fading, fading, fading – gone.

3-year-old Infant Gold is dead after breaking down in the 9th yesterday at Parx. He was first raced in February (when he was two). Follows are his trainer/owner teams and transaction history:

James Cullen/Jay Young, 2 races, sold to Lewis Carlisle on March 28th
Carlisle, 1 race, sold to Michael Stidham/Michael Faber on April 29th
Stidham/Faber, 1 race, sold to Tanya Boulmetis/Dennis Tanchak on May 31st
Ramon Preciado/Tanchak, 8 races – dead on November 22nd

That’s five trainers and four owners in just over nine months. (And there was a fifth owner – breeders Luisa Degwitz/Ric-Deg – at the start.) In that time, Infant Gold was shuffled among four tracks in three states. Chattel defined. This is horseracing.

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Surviving Kandy, an unraced 2-year-old colt, fractured a shoulder while training at Golden Gate Sunday and was subsequently euthanized. Trainer, Vod Farris. Just five days prior at that same track, 3-year-old Mr. Franco (two career starts: last, second-to-last) got loose during training, “ran back to barn and slipped on pavement – lacerated right stifle and fractured tibia.” Dead. Trainer, Salvador Naranjo.

Meanwhile, November 7th on the other coast, 3-year-old Demo was “found dead in [his] stall” at Finger Lakes. Apparently, the Ralph D’Alessandro-trained gelding was “being treated by vet for two weeks” before dying – alone. Of course, “investigation continues.” Back in May, another D’Alessandro horse, Just Mizzy, was “observed having seizure like symptoms, drugs [were] administered…in attempt to treat, but [she] died.” To date, 31 horses have perished at Finger Lakes this year.