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Breeders’ Cup Must Conduct Independent Review of Life At Ten Incident

If John Veitch, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s chief steward, is involved in the investigation looking into the Life at Ten incident on Breeders’ Cup Friday, then neither the KHRC nor the Breeders’ Cup is taking what happened very seriously.

Veitch is a man of integrity, and I consider him a friend. But the role of the KHRC stewards, including Veitch, has to be examined as part of this investigation, too. The wagering public and the owners of Life At Ten deserve a thorough and completely unbiased review of what became a major embarrassment for the Breeders’ Cup and Thoroughbred racing, especially in Kentucky.


Here is the sequence of events in the lead-up to the Ladies’ Classic, where Life At Ten was listless in the paddock, uncomfortable in the post-parade and warm-ups, and was eased in the race itself as the 7-2 second choice in the wagering. More than $7 million was wagered on the Ladies’ Classic, with millions more bet on multi-race wagers.


ESPN analyst Jerry Bailey, a retired Hall of Fame jockey, asked jockey John Velazquez during warm-ups how Life At Ten was doing. “Right now I’m not sure, Jerry, to tell you the truth,” Velazquez said on live television. “She’s not warming up the way she normally does.” Bailey asked if she was reluctant, and Velazquez responded, “Yes she is.”

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I was shocked at what happened to Barbaro. Got a big lump in my throat when he went back in the gate. All I could think was ..if it was any other race but a leg ot the TC this wouldn't be happening. I was shocked again and afraid of what might happen to Life at Ten. Her jockey said something was wrong and she's getting into the gate??!! I honestly couldn't watch the race. I truly don't understand how something like that could happen...at the BCC...with the world watching:(
Same thing happened to Barbaro. When he broke through the gate, I was amazed that he was not checked over and pushed right back in the gate. Our vet scratches ANY horse that even May HAVE hit the gate particularly on a hock of forelimb.
Every safety net for Live at Ten was diregarded, even when outsiders were observant and trying to clue them in. This is just another example of the failings of this industry. And people wonder why horse racing has such a shady name...just look at the players. I hope Live at Ten will have a successful career; but I highly doubt it in these hands.

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