In April ’13, a 2-year-old racehorse named Czech Revolution “broke down” – snapped both front legs, a la Eight Belles – while training at Delta Downs. Dead. But this, of course, is not what made this story newsworthy to the Racing press – after all, Czech was no fallen “star.” What did was that the rider also died (when the horse came down atop). Anyhow, one of the rags, the Paulick Report, ran this loathsome headline:

“Louisiana Exercise Rider Killed by Horse…”

“Killed by Horse,” Mr. Paulick? Well – let’s set this straight: The killing, here, was done by the industry; the killed, in the first place, was the horse. That primary tragedy, in turn, begot a secondary one. (Just to be clear: My use of the words primary and secondary is in no way meant to imply that the horse’s life was more important than the human’s.) So, Mr. Paulick, this is how your headline should have read:

“Horseracing Kills (Another) Horse – Responsible for Rider’s Death, Too”