As a rule, the only dead horses reported in the media – including and most glaringly, the beat publications – come coupled with injured jockeys. Friday afternoon at Laurel Park, jockey Alex Cintron suffered a possible broken jaw in a 6th race fall; another jockey was treated for a knee abrasion. In a single-sentence afterthought tacked on to the end of this story – a Laurel Park press release that was re-published in Blood-Horse, the Paulick Report, et al. – we learn that Cintron’s mount, Midnight Music, “was humanely euthanized.” (Actually, not quite the end, for Laurel felt it appropriate to convey the winner and who now leads the trainer standings.)

The dead 4-year-old was being raced for the second time in nine days – under two different trainers (Dane Kobiskie, Jamie Ness).

The breakdown is captured in the second replay (around 2:30)…