Horrific Breakdown in the Obscenely Named “More Than Ready Juvenile Stakes” at Kentucky Downs

Horseracing Wrongs

The 10th at Kentucky Downs Sunday was dubbed the “More Than Ready Juvenile Stakes for Two-Year-Olds.” If there is a more obscene, more disgusting name for a horserace, I’ve yet to see it. “More than ready”? A 2-year-old horse is a child, on the maturation chart the rough equivalent of a first-grader. His bones will not be done growing, his plates will not be done fusing, for years. Hell, he still has his baby teeth. So is it any surprise, then, that one of those “juveniles” did not survive the day?

Snake Doctor, already under the whip for the third time, “went wrong and fell,” says Equibase, and, I have confirmed, is dead. The breakdown is horrific (aren’t they all?). Equally, are the beatings administered to the other babes down the stretch. And even as one of their “athletes” lay dying out on the “field,” these morally-stunted people…

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