The unremitting and practically unfathomable abuse of Fox Rox continues, as the 11-year-old is set to go under the whip for the 117th time in the first race at Presque Isle today (1:30). This time around, Mark Hoffman is doubling as trainer, with Dennis Ward removed. Should you be interested in a bit of venting, the Presque Isle racing office can be reached at 866-374-3386 (option 2).

Custom Medina “vanned off” at Louisiana
Tiz Evan’s Honey “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Arion Too “was cast in the gate, scratched” at Canterbury
Bitter Vixen “bled” at Churchill
Emilia Strong “vanned off” at Penn
Cordobeza “vanned off” at Belterra
River Rewards Rvf “vanned off” at Charles Town
Ticker “vanned off” at Columbus
Superposition “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Z U Soon “vanned off” at Hawthorne
Wheels Up Bb “bled” at Ruidoso
Whiskey Allround “fell at start, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Leticias Secret “hit rail, DNF” at Sam Houston
Ike “vanned off” at Canterbury
Addison Boom “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Dance Ballerina “vanned off” at Emerald
Gemonteer “vanned off” at Gulfstream

While not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do, as borne out by our year-end FOIA reports. But even if death is not the ultimate result, the above are victims nonetheless, suffering painful injuries – in the case of the bleeders, pulmonary hemorrhage – so that some men may gamble, others chase pots of gold. (For any new confirmed deaths during the week, please see our running annual list.)

Last fall, we helped beat back an attempt to bring Thoroughbred racing to Sturbridge, Mass. It was the fifth such try by the racing people since Suffolk Downs shuttered in 2019. As we said at the time, though, this will continue as long as the state maintains the casino-funded “Race Horse Development Fund.” Currently, there is over $20 million just sitting there waiting for the first successful track development, with, of course, a promise of more free money – subsidies, that is – going forward.

The latest town to be targeted is Plymouth. But the good people there, with support from HW, have let their voices be heard – in a resounding fashion. The vote, as you’ll see below, was 88% against. Still, it must be noted, the fight is not yet won there or, obviously, elsewhere in the commonwealth. So we remain vigilant and diligent.