4-year-old Holistic Remedy is dead after breaking down in the 1st last night at Mountaineer. After reporting the death on his Twitter feed, track announcer Peter Berry added, “You never get used to it. I always want to turn off the microphone out of respect and let them run home in silence.” But it’s a sport, right?

Incidentally, in the same race, Well Done Son was reported by Equibase as “hit fallen rival, fell, vanned off.” The 6-year-old gelding arrived at Mountaineer on a streak of 13 straight claiming races – at bottom-of-the-barrel tracks, no less – with finishes of 5th or below. Dead, as you read? Good bet.

This is horseracing.

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