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    Default RIP George Washington

    What a damn shame...
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    I cry, I cry
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    Indeed

    Perhaps he'll be buried at M/M Roy Jackson's farm where he was born.

    The connections supposedly had nothing to lose by running him but there are always risks in running. What a damn shame to "Gorgeous George" and capping off one of the worst BC runnings for the Euros.



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    The 2 races my little girl has watched with me....Barbaro's breakdown and this one.

    Godspeed GW ~~



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glimmerglass View Post
    Indeed

    Perhaps he'll be buried at M/M Roy Jackson's farm where he was born.
    He was bred and foaled in Ireland.
    The Jacksons have mares in England and Ireland as well as the US.



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    My screaming and goofing off immediately turned to "uh oh," and then tears when they said he was euthanized.

    Gah, sometimes I hate this sport, despite loving it and the animals....
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    This is probably not fair but it always bothers me a little when they try to come back to a Grade 1 level after retiring a horse.

    I'm looking at his PPs. Why were they so convinced that dirt was his forte? Not every horse is Sakhee or Giant's Causeway.

    As for what the Jacksons are going through, well I have no words. What a shame.



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    Why can't this be a bad dream?
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    Unhappy Poor George

    Jingles to George--how sad to have been retired and then brought back to racing only to have the worst happen
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    RIP, GW. He was indeed a gorgeous horse.

    I must admit that "nothing to lose" comment caught my attention the other day. They do indeed always have something to lose, these magnificent athletes.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Pronzini View Post
    As for what the Jacksons are going through, well I have no words. What a shame.
    I wouldn't assume to know how the Jacksons feel myself. They bred and sent him to auction. Breeders do it all the time as a matter of course. The loss of any horse is shame in and of itself. No need for anyone to emphasize some Barbaro-GW double whammy to them.



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    When was the last Breeders Cup that didn't have a fatal breakdown? It seems like there has been a breakdown for the last three years at least. Is that the case?



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    Quote Originally Posted by dressagetraks View Post
    RIP, GW. He was indeed a gorgeous horse.

    I must admit that "nothing to lose" comment caught my attention the other day. They do indeed always have something to lose, these magnificent athletes.
    If that's the case, they shouldn't run any of them.
    And he could been put down on the grass as easily as the dirt.

    Jesus, give a rest will ye. No need to point fingers. It's amazing, there's hardly a peep out of the forum all week in the run up to the BC, suddenly everyone's got an opinion.

    I'll miss him, he was one of my favourite race horses, and always a pleasure to watch.

    Ar dheis dé go raibh do h-anam uasal, a Seóirse.



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    I'm not saying they shouldn't run them. It's obvious how much they love to run and put their souls into winning. John Henry at the Million comes to mind.

    I'm just saying that what I thought at the time of that comment was, "If I ever have a racehorse, I will NEVER at any time say he has nothing to lose in a race." Because accidents can happen, fortunately rarely, but they can and do. Not that the sport should be cancelled, just that the risks should never be totally dismissed by anybody, connections or media.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Glimmerglass View Post
    The loss of any horse is shame in and of itself. No need for anyone to emphasize some Barbaro-GW double whammy to them.
    Agreed.

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    I'm sure when they said that, it was meant as a light thing. Like, "What the heck, why not?" I'm sure they realize that there is always a risk. I dunno, that's how I took it.
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    By the way, was the jockey hurt? I couldn't watch the webcast, don't know if the horse fell or pulled up. Hope the jockey is okay.



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    Accidents happen anywhere at anytime. I have had three horses die in the past 3 months. One was running in the pasture and broke her leg, she fell on a yearling colt and killed him. Last week, I had a colt just drinking out of a pond and he was struck by lightening. None of them had even made it to the track



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    Quote Originally Posted by regret View Post
    Accidents happen anywhere at anytime. I have had three horses die in the past 3 months. One was running in the pasture and broke her leg, she fell on a yearling colt and killed him. Last week, I had a colt just drinking out of a pond and he was struck by lightening. None of them had even made it to the track
    Wow - all within 3 months? So sorry Hugs
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