July 25, 2013 I had to wait a few days to begin this letter, the emotions were too raw and the anger to intense. Monzante’s death was very personal to me. I am one of those that believed in Maria’s Mon as a sire, before it was ‘cool’ to do so. I used to laugh with other horsemen how about how underappreciated his prodigy were. Then the Derby win, followed by Awesome Maria and of course Monzante. Scouring catalogs for his offspring is my hobby and I am blessed with his mares that are sound, noble and exhibit his stature in the paddock when I visit. All horsemen follow selected horses on computer programs to watch work times and progress, or digression that follows, I watched Monzante. I watched him fall thought the claiming ranks, always thinking, surely someone was waiting to snatch him up as a loved and appreciated riding companion. I am at fault for being too consumed in my own career that I did not give him that home. On July 30th, I opened my Equibase report and my heart was broken. Frantic, I reached out to all my contacts, how in God’s name was he allowed to run at this level and this happen? Those of us, who love these animals are horrified that this champion was allowed to be numbed and run until had to be put to death. Where were the horsemen at trackside, surely not at his stall? If the vets cleared him, then what criteria and qualifications do those supposed medical professionals live by? This trainer and I dare not spit while going into this segment, stated, he numbed an eight centimeter square area in Monzante’s leg PRIOR to racing him, please tell me why? Better yet, those of you at home reading this, which of you would allow your trainer to inject a bad leg and then race your horse? If you are permitting this as owners, I am truly crushed. I grew up in Kentucky with many of you riding bareback through the back fields. It is now time to say, stop, we own the trainers, they do not own us. These horses are our companions, our friends and our heritage. We were all raised on a code of ethics, this supposed trainer and industry leach, will never understand or expect. But, Monzante did. Cynthia Kendrick
If he figures it out, as he has not run well yet. Be afraid, be very afraid.
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