The Equibase note for 8-year-old Anchorwoman in the 7th yesterday at Finger Lakes: “…appeared in distress at the top of the lane, pulled up and then was humanely destroyed.” The Commission, as per usual, assures that an “investigation [will] follow.” Absurd, of course: Anchorwoman was a cheap horse (“For Sale” at $5,000 pre-death) running at cheap Finger Lakes; she finished 5th or below in her final 11 completed races – all but two of which were low “claiming” at equally cheap tracks. In other words, she was a nothing; they could not care less how or why she “broke down.”
Also – the Gaming Commission reports that 6-year-old Xtreme Marine was killed in the 7th at Buffalo Raceway Saturday when “another horse caught wheel of [his] sulky” and his leg was shattered. But rest easy – the “sulkies [were] not damaged.”
Finally, 8-year-old Smile a Little died from an undisclosed reason at Tioga Downs Friday. He was last raced five days prior.
This is horseracing.