Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Once was Not Enough

Bad news out of Delaware Park.

My father called me yesterday to tell me that Once is Enough, the two-year-old filly of whom he is part-owner, came up lame after Sunday's race.

My brother, some friends and our wives, went down to see her run her first race Sunday.

My folks were up at Saratoga where they go every summer so they couldn't make it.
We were supposed to represent the family in the Winner's Circle, if by chance she won.

She almost did.

She took the lead early and for most of the race, but failed to hold it down the homestretch.

After the race, her jockey, Mario Pino, told her trainer Larry Jones, she was running so well and so easily he thought she had the race won.

"I guess she just doesn't have the class we thought she did," Pino told Jones.
Minutes later she was limping in the paddock. An x-ray showed she had a broken bone in her knee.

Her racing career is probably over.

The good news, Jones told me when I called him yesterday, is that she is resting comfortably, without being shot full of painkillers, and she can put weight on her bad knee. This is to say, she is not in any immediate danger of having to be put down.
"Maybe we should have named her Once is Not Enough," Jones told me Monday, trying to lighten the mood.

Injuries have shortened and even ended a lot athletes' careers. Thoroughbred race horses are especially vulnerable to not just career-ending injuries, but life-threatening ones.

But as to her "class" well, we may never know how good she could have been.
We do know one thing: she had heart.

They can't tell when the injury occurred, but a good bet is that it happened down the homestretch while she was still in lead of her first race ever.

My 82-year-old father and my step-mom watched the race on simulcast in Saratoga.
My old man knows about two things: newspapers and racehorses.

At the end of our conversation Monday, during which he notified me that her racing career was over, he said this:

"She was so game."

He would know.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Randal said...

The engineering of a horse has always looked problematic to me from the start. You have this great big animal supported on these long skinny stilts for legs and then ask them to run as hard as they can. It’s no wonder so many of them end up with leg problems. Maybe if Horse Racing turned to racing, say, Clydesdales, with their big chubby muscular legs, we would see fewer race horse leg injuries?
Say you saw it here first!

August 29, 2007 at 12:12 PM 
Blogger Franny Ward said...

Since when is a horse considered an athlete?

August 29, 2007 at 2:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a bet not a sport. It has horses, not athletes.

August 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

They run, they compete, some harder than others.
They're athletes, even if they don't know or care.

August 29, 2007 at 6:58 PM 
Anonymous Randal said...

And you don't have to pay them a lot.
What, maybe a few bags of Horse Chow?...

August 29, 2007 at 8:41 PM 
Blogger Franny Ward said...

Horse Chow okay, as long as it dosen't come from China.

August 30, 2007 at 12:04 AM 
Anonymous Randal said...

I think China Horse Chow is made from real horses.

August 30, 2007 at 12:14 AM 
Anonymous Annie said...

Gil,

I am sorry to hear about Once. Horses are truly grand creatures that elevate us all when we ride, literally and figuratively.

It is my opinion that thorobreds are raced too early though. Their bones and joints are still developing, and training a young horse to race as a two-year old means hard runs for yearlings.

While Once may not race again, I hope he has a long life at stud, as a beloved family horse, or on a farm of rolling hills for retired racehorses.

August 30, 2007 at 9:32 AM 
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