While this page quite obviously focuses on the abuse and killing of active racehorses, when opportunity presents, I do report on “the others.” Wednesday, Blood-Horse carried the obituaries – in separate articles – of a pair of “star” broodmares: 12-year-old Smuggler, April 16; 17-year-old Easter Bunnette, April 18. The former, “complications from foaling”; the latter “hemorrhaged and died after foaling.”

It is the unequivocal position here that no distinction should be made between these deaths and those involving shattered cannons “in-competition”: As long as they are being used – and make no mistake, the breeding shed is but another form of enslavement/exploitation (Blood-Horse called Smuggler a “producer”) – what happens to them is entirely on the industry. In other words, these were no flukes of nature. They were, like poor Elda in the 2nd last night at Penn, Racing kills.

4-year-old Elda is dead – “humanely euthanized,” says Equibase – after breaking down in the 2nd last night at Penn. In all, Elda was put to the whip 17 times; she endured five different trainers in less than 18 months: Robert Hess Jr, Robert Hess Sr, Steven Miyadi, Scott Lake, and Timothy Hooper.

Also from yesterday, 3-year-old Tiz B the One broke down in the 1st at Pimlico and can safely be presumed dead. Trainer, Patricia Farro.

And finally, in the Santa Anita Stewards Minutes for 4/6-4/12, three horses are reported dead – identities, though, withheld. Curiously, while the occasional name (of a dead horse) pops up on these California minutes, I was told by the CHRB’s “Public Records Coordinator” that the “names of deceased horses…is not considered public information that the CHRB is able to provide.”

This is horseracing.

The case of a horse named Tyeste illustrates, again, how easily Racing has been able to conceal its awfulness these so many decades. Tyeste, a 5-year-old mare, was raced for the 25th time – all at the claiming level – at Monmouth in August of last year. She finished a non-noteworthy second-to-last. Prior to her next race, September 7, she was “scratched” by order of the stewards. And then, simply disappeared.

But through FOIA documents from the New Jersey Racing Commission, I have since learned that this horse died that September day – and in a particularly horrific way. Apparently, on her way to the starting gate, Tyeste fractured her skull (how remains unclear) and was euthanized after “hemorrhaging from both nostrils and ears.” Imagine that. If not for that FOIA request, no one – except, of course, the complicit – would have been the wiser. For all the public knew, this probably injured horse was recuperating in anticipation of another run – or, safely retired to her owner’s farm, living the erstwhile equine-athlete’s version of the pastoral life.

While scratched/vanished does not technically qualify as a lie, the full truth surrounding this mare was withheld by the relevant racing entities – Monmouth Park, NJ Racing Commission (until, that is, forced to disclose by law) – and left untold or uninvestigated by the racing press. None of which should surprise, of course: To the former, dead horses are bad for business, especially one who broke her head and bled from her orifices; to the latter, this was a non-story – the death of a cheap claimer who was eking out meager livings for bottom-feeder connections simply doesn’t rate. Or put another way, who cares? How very sad – on multiple levels.

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From Parx yesterday afternoon (Equibase charts):

In the 1st, Seeking the Palace, who was “For Sale” prior to the race, finished last – 75+ lengths back. But Parx being a racino track, his connections still won some cash.

In the 2nd, Salem Harbor, who was “For Sale” prior to the race, finished last – 33+ lengths back. But Parx being a racino track, his connections still won some cash.

In the 4th, Bold Deed, who was “For Sale” prior to the race, finished last – 27+ lengths back. But Parx being a racino track, his connections still won some cash.

In the 7th, Pocketfullofcandy, who was “For Sale” prior to the race, finished last – 36+ lengths back. But Parx being a racino track, his connections still won some cash.

In the 8th, Cherokee Creek, who was “For Sale” prior to the race, finished last – 36+ lengths back. But Parx being a racino track, his connections still won some cash.

In the 9th, Sandiwill, who was “For Sale” prior to the race, finished last – 22+ lengths back. But Parx being a racino track, his connections still won some cash.

And finally, also from the 4th: Turn to Travis “was roused sharply several times while being ridden back to the unsaddling area” – or the shorthand version, “whip after.” Whipped, “sharply,” after the finish. Defend that, apologists.

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2-year-old Uninfluenced was euthanized Sunday after breaking a leg while “breezing” at Belmont. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt was last put to the whip at Aqueduct in March. He is the 23rd horse to die on or at NYS tracks since the beginning of the year.