8-year-old Vader Grade, trained by Harlan Bird Rattler and owned by Wesley Edwards, was killed in Sunday’s 5th race at Great Falls (Montana State Fair). Equibase originally reported this as a mostly non-event: “clipped heels, lost rider,” DNF. But in fact, the gelding suffered (according to the meet’s director) “a terrible injury and had to be euthanized.”
Tom Tucker of the Montana State Board of Horse Racing (Great Falls Tribune): “…you’ve got animals running and sometimes they will trip and you have accidents. It’s extremely unfortunate, but that’s just part of this industry.” Dead horses – “just part of this industry.” Mr. Tucker, you’ve said a mouthful.