This is horseracing…

5-year-old Forgetthefantasy’s run in the 8th Sunday afternoon at Parx was described thus by Equibase: “FORGETTHEFANTASY…dropped back on the turn, began to bear out nearing the stretch, drifted wider racing into stretch, was put to, what appeared to be, rather excessive and severe right handed whipping nearing the three sixteenths pole, she continued to fall back and then despite dropping back to last, she was again whipped strongly, two times, on her right shoulder, when nearing the wire.”

“…was put to, what appeared to be, rather excessive and severe right handed whipping…then despite dropping back to last, she was again whipped strongly, two times, on her right shoulder, when nearing the wire.”

But, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…

The animal abuser, here, was jockey Edwin Rivera, and the fruit of his merciless flogging was $500 for the “connections” – Penny Pearce, Carson Phelps – from which Rivera received his standard jockey pay. Thing is, though, it mattered not a whit whether his horse finished 6th, 7th, 8th, or, as it was, last, for the cut was exactly the same for all four places; in fact, a 5th finish would have garnered but an extra $190.

We at HW believe it pointless to flood Parx or the Racing Commission with angry calls and letters. They simply do not care. Last year, 140 sentient beings were sacrificed at Pennsylvania racetracks. If dead horses don’t rate, an excessively whipped one surely will not. No, instead, we say share the above – and my PA-dead report – far and wide. Educate the masses. Make them understand that the abuse, cruelty, and killing ends when, and only when, the last betting window is forever shuttered.