4-Year-Old, 3-Year-Old Killed at Turf

Horseracing Wrongs

Recently confirmed by the Arizona Department of Gaming:

Obligated to None was euthanized after the 6th at Turf January 19. There was, however, no indication of impending death on the Equibase chart – nothing, that is, except for the fact that the 4-year-old finished last of 10, some 36 lengths back. “Showed Little,” said the chartwriter; “Poor Performance,” said the stewards. In fact, one could argue that Obligated was a dead horse racing. His final six:

Oct 28 – 6th of 7, 15+ lengths back
Nov 9 – 5th of 6, 13+ lengths back
Nov 19 – 9th of 11, 17+ lengths back
Dec 14 – 8th of 10, 12+ lengths back
Dec 21 – 7th of 10, 11+ lengths back
Jan 19 – last of 10, 36 lengths back, dead

Obligated was still being raced at the “maiden claiming” level, and for $3500 at that (about as low as…

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