In the first week of April, two horses were, according to the Equibase charts, “injured, vanned off” at Los Alamitos – Apollitical Chic April 1, Shellbell April 3. Turns out, both perished, with one even euthanized on track. From the Stewards Minutes:

“The running of the eighth race was marred by the breakdown of #5 Apollitical Chic following the conclusion of the 350 yard handicap. …the horse suffered a major injury to its right foreleg, causing it to stumble sharply and fall. The rider, Ramon Sanchez, was attended to immediately by the ambulance staff and was found to be uninjured. The horse was not as fortunate and was euthanized on the track.”

(How many “athletes” in other sports are referred to as “its”?)

“During the late stages of the sixth race, #1 Shellbell, with jockey Cruz Mendez aboard, lost its action and in the process lost the rider. Jockey Mendez was quickly attended to by the ambulance crew and found to be uninjured. It was later learned that the horse had suffered a broken back and was euthanized.”

Two more dead animals – but thank heavens the jocks are okay.

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