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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wednesday Wrap-up

In race 8 at Belmont, half the field scratched, including Hotstufanthensome and Extra Zip. Didn’t matter, though, as chalk came in and it wasn’t Winstella who did seem to get squeezed abit along the rail. Still, it was obvious he wasn’t best, as 5-2 second choice Prince Rahy defeated 3-4 Sir Lowry and his stablemate Trimaran. Winstella was last, but hopefully will be fitter next up.

In race 5 at Churchill, Fast Draw was a late scratch after being injured at the gate so Pletcher’s Bullion Cache went wire-to-wire ($5.60). Silver City looked good coming from fourth around the turn, but raced erratically to finish third, beaten by a neck by Who’s the Rockstar ($12.80 place). Indyama Jones scratched early, and Atsatsuki flipped and threw Julien Leparoux behind the gate, and thus was also scratched late. Most impressive to my eye was Nice Ring (45-1) who was interfered with at the start, settled way back in last around the turn, but showed a lot of speed to close for fourth, just ¾ length behind Silver City. And Calvin Borel didn’t even ride the rail with him! His late close was well-out in the middle of the track. Nice Ring is by Dixie Union out of the Forty Niner mare Forty Carats who is a half-sister to G3 winner Minister’s Melody—dam of G1 Wood Memorial winner Bob and John.

In race 8, Indeedingly scratched, and Buzzin and Dreamin and Masked Man finished well back. Buzzin looks a handful to ride, as he acted up before and during the race. The winner, Steve Asmussen-trained Star of David out of the Zayat Stables, looked quite impressive. Over on the DRF Form Blog yesterday, the Zayat connections posted a photo of Star of David; something about his eye appealed to me so this is one going in my Virtual Stable.


Anonymous said...

The fate of too many horses: the bleed tank.

Get the Facts about Horse Slaughter

What types of horses are being slaughtered? Aren't these old, sick horses?

According to 2001 field studies conducted by Temple Grandin, 70% of all horses at the slaughter plant were in good, fat, or obese condition; 72% were considered to be "sound" of limb; 84% were of average age; and 96% had no behavioral issues. Slaughter plants do not want old, sick horses for obvious reasons.

How many horses are slaughtered each year?

Prior to the closure of all three foreign-owned plans in the U.S., over 100,000 horses were being slaughtered in the United States and processed for human consumption. Now, tens of thousands of live horses are transported across the border to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. After these horses are killed, their flesh is shipped to Europe and Asia for human consumption. Their owners are often unaware of the pain, fear, and suffering their horses endure before being slaughtered.

What kinds of horses are auctioned at these sales?

Thousands of horses are auctioned each year, including healthy pleasure horses and ponies, racehorses who didn't make it at the track, draft horses, donkeys, mules, and others.

Horses are still being crowded into trucks, enduring hours without food, water and rest, and driven to Mexico and Canada for slaughter. The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act (H.R. 503/S. 311), introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), John Spratt (D-SC), Ed Whitfield (R-KY), and Nick Rahall (D-WV), and in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and John Ensign (R-NV), closes this loophole and prevents the exportation of American horses to slaughter plants in foreign countries. It also ensures that horse slaughter is permanently banned in the United States. People need to take action and stop this brutality

Watch Our Undercover Footage of U.S. Horses Exported to Mexico for Slaughter -- Then Take Action

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Brooklyn Backstretch said...

Incredible photo, Val.

And to the previous poster: if you are so invested in your cause that you are posting this long message verbatim at a multitude of sites, why would you do so anonymously?