For those of you following this Mercer County situation, BH is reporting that Chuck Borell has been arrested today in Kentucky, taken into custody, and charged with 43 counts of second degree cruelty to animals. I'm sure specific ramifications and details will be forthcoming. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212868/chuck-borell-charged-with-animal-cruelty
Thank you, BTN. Per BH, Firing Line had chips removed from both front legs as well as a "popped splint" in the interim. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/211588/firing-line-masochistic-aim-for-del-mar
Did I ask you to give him a pass? Absolutely not. And I realize not everyone has a bio/medical background, but your response has little to do with what I said. Apparently you don't understand, so just leave it at my first sentence. I saw this thread by accident and will not be returning.
Elhubbo, I do not know how Keen Ice's career will proceed when he returns to training; but BTN is correct. KI was diagnosed with a distal fracture of his left hind cannon bone shortly after being moved to Pletcher's barn. (He immediately had a work-up after the transfer.) The location (distal--the lower/bottom portion of the bone) does give reason to believe that he may have been running on a significant bone bruise prior to being diagnosed.
Briefly, HRN is a wiki site. Various racing publications have been reporting this particular ongoing story for at least a month. Paulick actually began offering insight into the "other" side of the "trainer" as far back as 11/4/15. Much of the information on this neglect situation has come from a source linked here (below) over a month ago. I'll relink it for you. https://www.usracing.com/news/analysis/shocking-untold-story-maria-borell Awareness can be maintained at present through Paulick, BH, Rick Porter/Fox Hill sites, Zayat sites, USRacing site, and One Horse at a Time; maybe others. Donations are being accepted, of course, and the TRF is taking some (if not all) of the horses being removed from the Mercer County property. Some of us donate regularly to retirement and rescue equine organizations.
BP, Today six of the involved horses are being/have been transported to a facility in order to receive a higher level of care. Two of these "triaged" as critical are Silver Cliff and Z Camelot. Per Zayat's twitter, he is now quite active in the situation, as is Rick Porter. I'm extremely happy to see progress being achieved!
Yes, thanks, I did see the page earlier.
Thanks as always. After reading BH and Paulick this A.M., it seems to me that one issue here is that actual ownership of each horse needs to be established in this particular instance before legal action can proceed; that appears to be a problem. I want to know the outcome of the Mercer County "meeting"!
Hey, BP, did you see that the comments have already been shut down at the BH site? Paulick has an even more distressing account of this situation today. I sincerely hope the state of Kentucky takes definitive action for the horses after this "meeting". Can you give any legal insight? Thanks.
Investigators from the Kentucky state veterinarian's office and Kentucky Dept. of Justice have gathered information to demonstrate that ~40 horses located on land in Mercer County, Ky., have been abandoned per article on BH. A meeting today attended by Mercer County officials, the county attorney, and the sheriff's department is being held to determine culpability in the neglect/abandonment of these animals. The property in question is being leased by Chuck Borell, Maria Borell's father; ownership of the horses is apparently in question, but the owner appears to be either Chuck or Maria. Volunteers are being allowed onto the property to care for the horses in the interim, and some prominent thoroughbred owners are becoming involved; Rick Porter is one of these owners. This article is very detailed and informative, and I'll link it here. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/212803/kentucky-neglect-case-under-investigation
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