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In Memoriam

In Memorium
HRN contributor Jody Lawrence presents a heartfelt tribute to the horses lost over the weekend.

We, in the thoroughbred racing industry, suffered a tremendous loss this past Thanksgiving weekend. This is not a topic we like to discuss but out of honor and respect, needs to be said.

Six of our beloved athletes lost their lives on the track, or shortly after.

As lovers of the sport, we follow these magnificent horses and their connections from start to finish. We come to know them as family. We worry when we hear of injuries, rejoice in their wins, sigh at a closely run second and cry when tragedy strikes.

Fortunately, it doesn’t usually happen so often or in such numbers as what occurred over the weekend. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make each death any less painful or easier to bear.

I’ve already seen blogs saying that racing is a cruel and senseless sport. These are from the people who don’t understand that any of these life ending circumstances could have happened in a pasture or barn. The thoroughbred runs for the love of running, whether it’s on the track or off, it’s as simple as that.

To the connections of:

General Maximus, BZ Warrior, Galex, Back Street Heat, Irrefutable and Cloud Man, you don’t suffer alone. Each of us share your loss and cry your tears. Please find peace knowing that all will be remembered for the excitement and joy they brought us…for the very short time they were with us.

Jody Lawrence

General Maximus GalexIrrefutableCloud Man Back Street Heat 

 

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Wow looks whos back the biggest Zenyatta hater "cugel the clever" Zenyatta got horse of the year for one reason only she is the best, Since her retirment horse racing has become a little dimmer. we need a new bright star like her
It is sad but sadly its apart of the sport. I have delt with this in auto racing as well and its never easy. As the owners,trainers etc have sadness now, they need to remember the joy as well. In auto racing we always said best way to honor those who have fallen is to race on. So for the stables who lost champions this weekend I say God bless you and Race on.
I could not agree more Jody, and thank you for your eleoquent words about the horses we love and the Sport of Kings!
Their passing really saddens me greatly. My sympathy goes out to the horses, the jockeys, the trainers, the owners and all of the connections that care and love the horse on a daily basis. So sad indeed!
Thank you for this worthy tribute to our grand and magnificent equine athletics - they leave a hoof print on our hearts and souls! This was a sad and tragic weekend and it's difficult to deal with the loss of so many - particularly for those of us who try and support Hollywood Park in person and not in front of the tv. I love this sport and always worry about public reaction. I also hope that Hollywood Park makes sure that its Turf track is safe for the future races of this period. Blessings to all of those wonderful horses!
To sad especially Thanksgiving week and weekend!!!! RIP :(
Let me add my thanks for recognizing these athletes and the loss felt by those who cheered them on. I still miss Tuscan Evening----these horses may leave us but they are not forgotten.
Thank you so much!It breaks my heart.Here's to the Champions up above!
Waltzing With Blue also broke down at Hollywood Park on Saturday and was euthanized. Not as well known as the others, but equally deserving of recognition for his falll in the line of duty (so to speak).
  • ruffian65 · Thank you Ohio Adversary...I wasn't aware of his passing until today or I definetly would have included him. It doesn't matter if he was as well known or not, he was out there and part of our family of thoroughbreds that bring so much joy...just by stepping on the track. To the connections of Waltzing in Blue...I am so sorry...you are in my prayers. · 972 days ago
Thank you for your moving tribute to these incredible athletes who give their all for our racing enjoyment. This is the hard part that is so heartbreaking for all. and I'm sure you would add Waltzing with Blue to your list of athletes deserving of mention.
  • ruffian65 · Absolutely Delrene..I hadn't heard of Waltzing with Blue's passing until I read your comment...my gosh it was such a horrible weekend for our horses. Eveyone of them is definetly in my thoughts...each time we lose one thats another that can no longer bring us the beauty and joy, that is this sport. My thoughts and prayers to the connections of Waltzing with Blue. · 972 days ago
Thank you for the tribute..it was an awful amount of loss.
The injury of horses especially the catastrophic injurys on the track is the biggest problem in racing today. I belived it is the main reason of the decline of racing from a popular sport to a disappearing niche sport. Every time a horse is destroyed on the track racing loses hundreds or thousands of fans if it is a big race on TV. I know horses have always been injured on the track and can break a leg running in a pasture, but peoples attitudes about animals are different today and racing will not survive if it is not made safer.
  • DonnaStraley · You are 100% correct, Mike! Every time I hear the "there have always been catastrophic injuries, ect." excuse, I say the same thing; that the public's attitude toward animals, specifically, companion animals, has changed drastically in the last few decades. If the PTB in the sport continue to pretend it's 1950, horseracing is doomed. To this day, I think racing began it's inexorable decline on the awful July dayy in 1975 when Ruffian broke down in front of 20 million TV viewers. · 973 days ago
Wonderful tribute to these atheltes who loved to run
Well said
Lovely. Thank you for puttinginto words what I've been thinking about over the past 24 hours....
Thank you for saying so well what has been on my mind and in my heart.
Great tribute, Jody! I pray that everyone will be able to find peace with their losses and that all those that were lost this holiday weekend will RIP.
Great write up RIP to all these great horses
Wonderfully Put!
Well done, Jody :(
  • ruffian65 · Thank you Zatt...A sad thing to have to write about...hopefully better days in the new year. · 973 days ago

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