Glenn Fagan, the owner of Accolade, the horse struck several times in the head by an assistant starter at Delaware Park last week, issued a follow-up statement Sunday that mellowed some of the frustration expressed in his original statement.
In the statement sent to WDEL, Fagan said while he was initially outraged that Delware Park had not contacted him, he later learned the racetrack had gotten in touch with Accolade's trainer. Fagan also said the horse was doing well. Here's the statement:
When I made my statement to you I was extremely upset over the incident that occurred at Delaware Park on Thursday. My trainer, Abel Castellano had not informed me that upper management, John Mooney, had not only reached out to him, but had sent the State Veterinarian to check on the welfare of Accolade as well. Though I personally have not heard anything from Delaware Park, I'm glad to know that they were concerned for the safety of my horse.
Abel had also informed me that the assistant starter involved in the incident, someone that he had known well and respected, had apologized to him as well. I understand that this man has worked for Delaware Park for some 20 years in an extremely dangerous job and a moment of frustration shouldn't ruin his life. Able informed me that he is the best and most experienced starter on the team.
My daughter and I, went on our Saturday morning pilgrimage to visit with Accolade yesterday to feed him his beloved Apples and carrots. He seems to be in good spirits and we hope that he will be able to compete in the near future.
Delaware Park suspended the assistant starter following the incident and held a hearing into the matter on Saturday. A decision by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission is expected early this week.
— mark bowers (@MarkBowers1) June 14, 2018
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