3-Year-Old “Suddenly Collapses and Expires”

Horseracing Wrongs

The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Tapitena “suddenly collapsed in [his] stall” at Finger Lakes Saturday – “and expired.” Here’s the thing: Tapitena was but three years old, an equine pubescent – “suddenly collapsed and expired.” He had also just been raced earlier in the week (a race, incidentally, before which he was sold). But worry not, folks, for the Commission is all over this: “hair sample(s) collected for testing – shipped to Cornell for necropsy – more to follow.” ‘Twould be risible if not for the deadly gravity of it all. (By the way, in my eight years on the job, there has never, not once, been “more that followed.”)

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