If the tragedy of Santa Anita weren't enough, add to it the drowning of a trotting horse at Miami Valley Gaming's harness track in Monroe, Ohio.
"The horse was already dead when he got there," The "he" is Mike Jameson, Turtlecreek Township Fire Chief, who donned his wet suit and entered the murky, cold water, feeling blindly for the horse, even though it was known where the horse had entered the water. While a track worker had immediately gone into the water after the horse, it took two rotating 2-man teams an hour to find the animal that was still harnessed to its sulky.
The track announcer warned the drivers of the driverless rig loose on the track, warning them to use caution. But the horse "spooked" and ran into a retention pond where it sadly drowned in ten feet of water.
But it is the callousness of race officials who did not suspend racing, but allowed the card's last two races to be run, that boggles the mind. And it is just this kind decision making, absent of the natural human emotion that attends tragedy, that gives the radical animal rights activists fodder for their cause and causes the fan to turn away from the spectacle of horse racing.
Copyright by Loren R. Schumacher April 3, 2019
Photos: Credit belongs to the photographers