Deputy Broad owned and trained by Danny Bird last raced at Mountaineer July 11, 2011.
Less than 48 hours after running what would be his last race where he placed last, Bird had arranged for this Florida bred 2005 son of Deputy Commander to be taken directly to Ohio kill buyer Fred Bauer. Bauer confirmed that the horse was sent to the Richelieu Meats slaughterhouse in a load on Monday July 18th. Richelieu confirmed the load arrived on Tuesday July 19th and that he had been “processed”.
Caring people tracked his story and had this to say:
“Deb networked today (July 21st) in an attempt to uncover if Deputy was still alive. Yesterday, July 20th, Deputy’s former trainer contacted me because Deputy had run poorly in his last race on July 11th.
Deputy’s current trainer, Danny Bird, told my contact that he had gotten “rid” of him and he didn’t deserve a home because he was nasty, mean and ornery. My contact said that he was a “doll baby” when she trained him.
Bird actually admitted to me on the phone today that he handed Deputy off to someone who handed him off to Fred Bauer, a kill buyer in Ohio. Deputy went direct to kill, not through an auction so he had little chance of being saved. When I asked Bird if he knew about the Mountaineer anti-slaughter policy, he said he didn’t care and would “take care” of anyone who came after him. When I told him that he had broken the law, he promptly hung up on me.”
This is another sad story of a horse known only to those into whose care he was placed. It has been reported that he passed through many hands before he ended up with Mr. Bird.
This horse, no doubt, trusted those around him to take care of him and treat him well but like so many other horses who in their lives were racehorses, family pets, working horses and others, this was not to be.
Doubtless, also, is the fact that this poor horse would have been full of drugs as any horse that is still on the track at this age will have ailments that require medication. So, the people who ate his body have more than likely ingested a cocktail of different medications most of which are dangerous to humans.
Deputy Broad had a great pedigree like so many of his brothers and sisters who fall into the wrong hands and the sad truth is that until horse slaughter is banned many more will fall victim to “nasty, mean and ornery” people in their lives.
Same entry but with his death notice (Click to enlarge):
Man’s second best friend deserves so much better.
The link below opens to a web page for Singing Saint a horse who raced against Deputy Minister in 2003 at Woodbine. Deputy Minister’s post position was 2. You’ll have to scroll down on the page and look for the video icons on the left. It’s the second one.
In all of our searches online the only images we have of Deputy Broad are grainy footage from this race long ago. If you have any clear photos of this boy we’d sure love to see them. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is his last race entry:
Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort Entries, Monday July 11th, 2011
July 9, 2011, 12:17 p.m. EDT
Then straight off to die horribly at slaughter. Thanks, Danny.
Everyone at the track and other officials are claiming that this was an isolated incident but we know that Thoroughbreds along with their non-Thoroughbred brothers and sisters end up in the slaughter pipeline on a daily basis.
What happened to this horse is inexcusable and although Deputy Broad is gone the people responsible for him need to answer to the racing commission as to why this horse shipped less than 48 hours after he came in last in his last race but this will probably be forgotten in a few days and Deputy Minister will be just another number in the slaughter statistics for Canada for 2011.
Update: Thank you to Mindy for the photo of him: