As has been repeated ad nauseam here, racing is loath to give up its dead. But it’s not just the tracks and state commissions: As a rule, for beat publications and mainstream media alike, the only newsworthy deaths are those of star horses, and/or ones occurring in rich races, and/or those also involving dinged-up jockeys.
Settling into that last category is the fatal breakdown of 5-year-old My Belle Etoile in Friday’s 5th at Ellis Park. If not for jockey Marcelino Pedroza’s broken collarbone, his mount’s status likely would have been left (per Equibase) at “went wrong after a half, fell and was vanned off.” But fret not racing fans, Mr. Pedroza will be back in the saddle in no time at all. Says the lone commenter on the Paulick Report’s account: “Prayers and thank God. It looked a lot worse on HRTV.” This is horseracing.