Racing! The sobering side of a sport with very fragile athletes

Hello, my name is John Cherwa, and welcome back to our horse racing newsletter, and our condolences to any owner or trainer who has suffered the untimely death of a horse.

You could read between the lines when trainer Doug O’Neill said earlier this week, when speaking of Irap, that “we are always cautious when reporting on long-term recoveries, Irap is having a good day today.”

“A good day,” meant to be positive, really defined his situation as day to day.

On Friday, owners Paul and Zillah Reddam announced on O’Neill’s Facebook page that Irap was euthanized at New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania because of...

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