Investigate why a champion horse died during a race
  • Petitioned Penelope Miller
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National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Penelope Miller
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BloodHorse
Tom LaMarra
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Daily Racing Form
Rich Rosenbush
Paulick Report
Ray Paulick (Paulick Report)

Investigate why a champion horse died during a race

    1. Petition by

      RIP Monzante

DEAR NATIONAL THOROUGHBRED RACING ASSOCIATION,

As the presumed national body of Thoroughbred horse racing, we ask that you conduct a thorough audit of:

- the incentives and policies that led to the death of champion racehorse Monzante on the racetrack;

- the role and responsibility or lack thereof of his breeder, Juddmonte Farms; his owners during his championship years, Jay and Gretchen Manoogian and Scott Anastasi; his trainer during his championship years, Mike Mitchell; his owner-trainer at the time of his death, Jackie W. Thacker; and

- what incentives and policies the National Thoroughbred Racing Association intends to pursue to make sure another tragedy like this does not happen again.

Monzante began his racing career in Europe in 2006.

In fall 2007, he started his American racing career for award-winning trainer Mike Mitchell and owners Scott Anastasi and Jay and Gretchen Manoogian.

In 2008, he earned $391,550 his owners and trainer from seven races. In 2009, he was at the peak of his game and competed in the richest day of horse racing, the Breeders' Cup.

But from there it went downhill. Monzante ran a disappointing sixth at the Breeders' Cup. It was seventh in his next race. As they say in horse racing, he started dropping in "class," racing in less expensive and prestigious races against less talented horses.

Fast forward to today.

On July 20, 2013, Monzante -- now nine, old for a racehorse -- raced for the first time in more than seven months -- a notable layoff period -- for his owner/trainer Jackie W. Thacker.

The official racing chart says he "stopped." Then he was euthanized on the track.

Put another way: A horse who won more than $390,000 for his initial American owners and more than $580,000 in his lifetime was left to die on the racetrack.

National Thoroughbred Racing Association, what will YOU do about this?

Sincerely,

Horse racing fans everywhere

To:
Penelope Miller, National Thoroughbred Racing Association
Tom LaMarra, BloodHorse
Rich Rosenbush, Daily Racing Form
Ray Paulick (Paulick Report), Paulick Report
Monzante represents one of many horses who end up with his undeserved fate.

It's time to change the culture of horse racing with a full accounting of how the industry failed this horse and how we can keep it from failing in the future.

You say you want to hear from the fans. Here we are. This is a genuine, grassroots effort of concerned horse racing fans across the country.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Why are these trainers not banned. Why do horses pay the price for gyp trainers to still be training. How sad to see the beautiful Monzante in the picture, winning a graded stakes then being dropped in a $4,000 claimer. Obviously, there w...


    3. Reached 2,000 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      This is unconscionable. Our horses, from champion to also-ran, deserve better. Please make sure the investigation is detailed and unbiased with the results made public. Those of us who love these horses deserve answers. The horses and the...


    5. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      this is Heartbreaking and Cruel! Horse Racing Does Not Take Care of There Own. It's time to change and provide for old race horses or STOP racing all together!!!


    6. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      I love horses.I believe they give everything while running for us and also they deserve respect when they become older or
      handicapped .


    7. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      The horses deserve better. We can do better this sport has been in decline for too long. Time for change.


    8. THANK YOU. IT'S WORKING!

      RIP Monzante
      Petition Organizer

      On the radio today, racing commentator Molly Jo Rosen said the social media response to Monzante's death IS the story. You did that. You made this happen. You are making this happen still. Thank you.

      And know that we're not done yet.

      The Daily Racing Form's Matt Hegarty (http://twitter.com/DRFHegarty) is doing stellar reporting, including a response from Monzante's last trainer. The Louisiana Racing Commission has started an investigation into his death.

      We're making this a movement. No more Monzantes.

      Sign up for the email list: bit.ly/17yDsJa
      Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/projectmonzante

    9. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      This horse did deserve to die. Period.


    10. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      This poor horse did not deserve to die--he should have been retired cruel cruel unregulated sport--bad as dog fighting


    11. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Since Monzante was a Grade I winner and was dropped to a $4000 claiming race and put on a vet watch list, why wasn't he sent to a retirement home. How bad was the injury? Something smells fishy to me. Insurance? I would have taken him...


    12. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Please investigate the decision of Monzante's connections to euthanize him unnecessarily.


    13. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Jackie Thacker should lose his license and the racetrack should be fined if possible. We need a FEM Reform bill to prevent euthanizing a race horse unless there is vet diagnosed untreatable pain to prevent what happened to Ferdinand, Exce...


    14. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      This is disgraceful and the "owner/trainer" should be permanent;y ruled off of all tracks and subject to criminal charges if found negligent.


    15. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      To:
      Penelope Miller, National Thoroughbred Racing Association
      Tom LaMarra, BloodHorse
      Rich Rosenbush, Daily Racing Form
      Ray Paulick, Paulick Report
      Monzante represents one of many horses who end up with his undeserved fate.

      ...


    16. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      I think this needs to be looked into. I have owned 2 OTTB and I think this trainer needs to be held accountable for eiuthanizing a salvageable horse.


    17. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Monzante represents one of many horses who end up with his undeserved fate.

      It's time to change the culture of horse racing with a full accounting of how the industry failed this horse and how we can keep it from failing in the future...


    18. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Something must be done about the way our thoroughbred racing horses are treated. I have only been a fan since 2006 but during that time I have fallen in love with not only the sport but the equine athletes. There has been too much disrega...


    19. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      As a fan and employee in the field of horseracing, I would like this investigated because it does not appear to be right. My outfit races horses and does right by them, and the sport, much less the horse, are ruined by situations like th...


    20. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      While Monzante wasn't 'left to die on the racetrack' (he was returned to his barn where Thacker and a private vet made the decision to euthanize him) after the track vet who said he was 'salvageable' was overruled, I agree with the genera...


    21. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      Outrageous as this incident is, unfortunately, it is the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Obviously, the claiming game is the disposal system even for the former top performers. In one way the horse is "lucky" he was euthanized ..better tha...


    22. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      The trainers should be banned for years just like Dutrow! What he did was worse !


    23. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      We need to protect the horses that have served us.


    24. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      These horses give racing fans their Everything.. keep people like me employeed. It is way Past time to make their safety a priority. Top of the List. Get it Done!


    25. Decision-maker Tom LaMarra responds:

      Tom LaMarra

      This is despicable and this culture must be stopped.


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    • Laurel Drew PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 6 months ago

      this was only one of the disturbing issues in the racing industry which should be totally revamped to respect the animals on which it depends! (racing too young, for one!)

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    • Darby Peterson GARLAND, TX
      • 6 months ago

      I specifically buy racehorses from owners directly off the track to transition them to other activities so they do not end up burnt out and either suffer injury, die or go to slaughter.

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    • Daniel Bell NEW YORK,, NY
      • 6 months ago

      I enjoy watching races

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    • Gloria Stagmer MIDDLETON, WI
      • 9 months ago

      I have been a horse owner for 20 years. I am appalled at the irresponsibility of many tracks and racing owners who run these animals too young , too hard and too long. They do not deserve to be treated in this manner and abandoned when they no longer win. They need to be given a second chance at life.

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    • Diana Stuart PHOENIX, AZ
      • 9 months ago

      It's time for the horse racing industry to step up efforts to protect the one "asset" that makes the industry possible - the horses. We are their voice.

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