No doubt there are callous racehorse trainers everywhere, but the U.S. seems to be a hotbed for the most heartless and gutless of them all.
Case in point is the Pap’s Pal story that I happened across on Twitter.
If all they say is true, Tito Rivera who trains the late Pap’s Pal reportedly ran the horse into the ground until he died in the dirt of a heart attack at Suffolk Downs, Saturday, August 4, 2012.
It is said that stories like this are routine at Suffolk Downs, so what about all the people who do absolutely nothing for horses like Pap’s Pal? I can hear the excuses flooding in now, all legitimate no doubt. It is not that I am unsympathetic. I know it takes a lot of courage to put your livelihood, perhaps even your safety, on the line for a horse who may be treated little better than you are.
One of the people I met during the Twitter discussion on the death of Pap’s Pal has put the information together. I cross-post it below from her blog:
For well over a year, some fans discussed openly on Twitter the plight of Pap’s Pal, probably in the hope that public embarrassment would ease the overuse of this 6 year old horse. It did not.
A fan who had been watching and reporting schedule and performance facts of several horses considered at risk began to worry in earnest about Pap’s Pal and issued the following information as it happened. Each message was re-tweeted to over 400 followers by this blogger, and went well beyond that number:
Pap’s Pal will now be watched – 6 yo @ Suffolk has a 67/3,4,10 record. He came in last of 9 today in his 3rd race since 6/6.
Pap’s Pal will race again June 30 at Suffolk R.5 for $4K. He just came in ninth and last 5 days ago, “fractious in gate…not used late.”
Pap’s Pal “cased two wide into turn, no response, tired,” coming in 7th and last today at Suffolk, five days after his last race.
(Not found in profile page and recorded here 8/8)
Pap’s Pal, ran 7th today in Race 1, beaten 22 1/4 lenths.
(Following 2 Actual Tweets Relocated & Added 8/8)
Since May 7, 2012, Pap’s Pal had six workouts and four races, Days between each: 12,4,5,9,6,4,9,5,4.
After his 7 day break, Pap’s Pal came in 7th at Suffolk today – and last again, for the grand sum earnings of $0. Why?
Pap’s Pal will race again at Suffolk 7/17, Race 5, a $4K claimer. His last race was July 7 in which he came in last (after a 7 day rest).
Something new for Pap’s Pal. Turf at 1 1/16 miles. Suffolk 7/23, R 8. This is his 6th race since June 6. NEVER on turf before.
In his first turf race at Suffolk today, Pap’s Pal “pressed the pace for 1/2 and tired,” coming in 10th and last, beaten by 24 1/2 lengths.
Pap’s Pal, who tried turf July 23 coming in last, worked on dirt today at Suffolk. Came in second of 13, 3f @ 36:60.
Pap’s Pal worked today (8/3) at Suffolk Downs – 5f @ 1.03:60 Breezing, fourth of six.
The next day, this message was received from a kind follower:
@NotCloudyAllDay Breaks my heart to report this: Pap’s Pal collapsed and died instantly coming off the track from this workout. Heart/Heat.
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