In the 8th at Saratoga yesterday, Go Big Or Go Home, says Equibase, “went wrong”; “went wrong,” as regular readers know, is one of this industry’s go-to euphemisms for dead and that, in fact, is the case here, as the Gaming Commission subsequently confirmed. Go Big Or Go Home was five, and this was his 22nd time under the whip.
Also: Divine Miss Grey, whom you may remember was “vanned off” after “taking bad steps” in a race at Saratoga earlier this month, has been euthanized – “complications from fetlock surgery.” Two things. One, her suffering was almost surely unnecessarily extended: A fetlock injury serious enough to necessitate surgery would have almost without fail, and rightly so, led to immediate euthanasia for the vast majority of horses. But Divine Miss Grey was an expensive horse – this was her 13th “stakes” race in a row – with a valuable future in the breeding shed; hence, the attempt to save. Two, the Gaming Commission is trying to file this under “non-racing,” which would be risible if not for the deadly gravity of it all. Of course, this is a racing kill.
Golden Julia, May 30, stall, “found distressed in stall…died from acute blood loss”
Golden Julia was two years old and coming off a training session just five days prior.
Investment Analyst, Jun 7, training, “sustained leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Investment Analyst was two years old; he was being prepped for his first race.
Gattino Marrone, Jul 3, training, “fractured sesamoids, euthanized”
Gattino Marrone was three years old and had been put to the whip 6 times.
Fight Night, Jul 12, racing, “fell heavily after the wire, euthanized on track”
Fight Night was three years old, and this was her 5th time under the whip.
Total Fidelity, Jul 14, training, “suffered fracture to LF sesamoids, euthanized”
Total Fidelity was two years old; she was being prepped for her first race.
Overlord, Jul 15, stall, “colonic rupture, euthanized”
Overlord was three years old and coming off a training session just one week prior.
Verravanni, Jul 25, stall, “pleuropneumonia”
Verravanni was two years old and coming off a training session just eight days prior.
Misspent Youth, Jul 27, training, “cardiovascular collapse”
Misspent Youth was five years old and had been put to the whip 13 times.
Umetuka, Jul 31, training, “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Umetuka was four years old and had been put to the whip 9 times.
Divine Miss Grey, Aug 3, racing (euth Aug 26) – “complications [after] surgery”
Divine Miss Grey was five years old, and this was her 26th time under the whip.
Sundae On Sunday, Aug 4, racing, “collapsed, euthanized”
Sundae On Sunday was ten years old, and this was his 61st time under the whip.
Go Big Or Go Home, Aug 28, racing, “went wrong, euthanized”
Go Big Or Go Home was five, and this was his 22nd time under the whip.