“Small, Shy Filly” Broke Both Front Legs

Horseracing Wrongs

Back in November, I reported the death of Rebuff at Churchill Downs. Today, we have the gruesome details. The Racing Commission has disclosed that the 2-year-old filly – who, by the way, was under the whip for the very first time – sustained multiple open (broke the skin), disarticulated (bones separated) fractures in both front legs. As if not enough, she also suffered from “marked, locally extensive ulceration of the stomach.” Again, she was but a babe. Tellingly, the jockey, Florent Geroux, told the Commission that “she was a small filly and that he moved her out as he thought she was a little shy of the other horses.” “A little shy” – immediately prior to falling and breaking both front legs. Vile is too kind.

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