The NYS Gaming Commission reports the deaths of two at Finger Lakes:
5-year-old Painted Poney, July 16, euthanized for colitis.
4-year-old Bella Bamba, July 17, euthanized for broken hip – “history of kicking walls.”
While the Commission classifies these as “non-racing” fatalities, make no mistake, Racing bears full responsibility: As both horses were still very much “in the game” – penned at the track, each having been raced there just last month – it is not unreasonable to conclude that this industry’s inherent stress contributed to their deaths. “History of kicking walls”? Sorry, NY, you don’t get to wash your hands by calling it “non-racing” – a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse.
At Parx yesterday afternoon, 10-year-old Dream Maestro “broke down in his right front and was humanely euthanized [Equibase].” It was his 71st race. Later in the day out at Del Mar, 5-year-old Rush In (below) broke down and was also euthanized. That’s two dead in two days at the California track – “cool as ever.”
I received this from a witness to Rush In’s death:
“I was in the infield, a few yards beyond the finish line, and saw it all. I didn’t see the jockey go off, but watched as track officials unsaddled him, and then the green screen went up, but I could still see him in full view from where I stood. He was clearly struggling as he tried to walk. The van backed up and he was loaded on and taken away. It was very upsetting to watch – I could see him tossing his head through the van’s window, and my heart sank.”
This is horseracing.
The following horses were casualties on American racetracks last week.
Dead, “Humanely Euthanized,” “Broke Down” (racing-speak for dead):
Fit to Rule
“Vanned Off” (carted off by ambulance, good chance dead):
Imposing Figure (subsequently confirmed dead)
Devons Uptown Girl
La Reine Bourbon
Don’t Keep Time
Clear the Clover
Ozilda’s Last Son
Freeze Your Kela
Reach for a Kitten
“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From the Nostrils”:
Del Mar recorded its first racing kill (three others died in the first week, though not, as far as I can tell, on raceday) of the summer when 6-year-old Fit to Rule broke down (sesamoids, says the Daily Racing Form) and was euthanized in the 2nd Saturday. Last summer, 16 equine athletes died at the hallowed track. This is horseracing.
In the 1st race at Penn National last night, Summer Mesa “broke down” – “humanely euthanized” (Equibase). It was the 2-year-old’s first time under the whip. In the very next race, 4-year-old Stormy Stepper also “broke down” – almost assuredly dead.
No more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. Please play slots or scratch-offs instead. Let the animals be.