In general, Santa Anita does not identify its dead on the weekly Stewards’ reports – preferring, instead, the sanitized “number of deceased.” Similarly, the California Horse Racing Board, citing confidentiality, has refused my FOIA request (for names of dead) two years running. So – if 3-year-old Found Money had been just another racehorse, we likely would never had learned of his training death at SA Monday. But he wasn’t; in fact, he was a multiple stakes-winning, almost $300,000-earning “star.” And the deaths of stars, you see, merit coverage in the morally-bankrupt Racing press.

Incidentally, along with that coverage typically comes a comment or two from the aggrieved “connection.” Trainer Doug O’Neill re-quoted in Blood-Horse: “[Found Money] was a barn favorite with a big personality, and he will be missed by all.”

I feel nothing but disdain for this industry and the people who populate it.

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