Patrick J Battuello

Little Tower Becomes 14th Horse to Die at Del Mar

In Dead Athletes, Tracks on August 23, 2014 at 6:08 am

A 2-year-old colt named Little Tower is dead after breaking down (“on his own”) in last night’s 3rd race at Del Mar. He was ridden by William Antongeorgi, trained by Sal Gonzalez, and owned/bred by Tricar Stables. Little Tower – the rough equivalent of a 6-year-old boy – is the 14th horse to die at Del Mar in the past six weeks. This is horseracing.

4-year-old Corlett Drive, July 13, training
4-year-old Kokaltash, July 17, race 5
2-year-old Mont Saint Michel, July 24th, found dead in stall
3-year-old Dance With Fate, July 24, training
4-year-old Yes She’s Unusual, July 25, race 6
5-year-old Longview Drive, July 25, race 7
5-year-old Lil Swiss Echo, July 26, race 5
3-year-old J Kat, July 26, race 9
2-year-old Chilled Mousse, July 27, training
3-year-old Chattering Gambler, August 2, race 3
3-year-old Steppingood, August 13, race 8
4-year-old Serious, August 14, from July 31 race 7
3-year-old Bayview Drive, August 16, race 10
2-year-old Little Tower, August 22, race 3

Saratoga Is a House of Cards

In Dead Athletes, Horseracing as Sport, Tracks on August 22, 2014 at 9:28 am

Horseracing, we are told, is a proud sporting fraternity, an extended family, if you will, comprised of both people – breeders, owners, trainers, jockeys, etc. – and the equine “athletes” themselves. So when the House of Saratoga lost yet another of its daughters on Thursday (victim 7 on the meet), surely a wake or a funeral or, at the very least, a suspension of the day’s activities was in order. Alas, for 3-year-old filly M B and Tee, who collapsed and died after winning the 7th race, not even the perfunctory moment of silence. The show, as it were, went on, with the last three races of the day going off sans delay.

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So, horseracing, enough with your declarations of equine love. For each time one falls, your entire corrupt “family” betrays its true colors: This month’s other Saratoga casualties (listed below) became instant refuse, replaced, ever so easily, by brand-new cogs in the gambling machine. Your “sport” is inherently cruel and regularly deadly. And you know it.

4-year-old Lifeguard On Duty
3-year-old Double Gold
3-year-old Father Johns Pride
3-year-old Lavender Road
2-year-old Sir William Bruce
4-year-old Regretless

M B and Tee Whipped to Her Death at Saratoga

In Dead Athletes on August 21, 2014 at 9:12 pm

From Saratoga’s 7th this afternoon: “[3-year-old] M B and Tee…held on safely [for the first place share of an $83,000 purse], then fell heavily after crossing the wire and was euthanized.” On the track. Here are this pathetic creature’s last two minutes on this planet (hit “Race Replays,” Thursday, Race 7). Please note: the kill is captured at around 2:20; the announcer utters not a word on the matter. Not a word.

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One last thought: Though comfortably out front in the stretch, jockey Junior Alvarado felt it appropriate to continue whipping his mount – right to her death. M B and Tee was trained by Dominick Schettino, owned by MeB Racing, and bred by EH Beau Lane.

To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more separating foals and moms, no more abusing unformed bodies, no more confining, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill-buyers, no more transport trucks, no more abattoirs. No more pain, no more suffering. No more.

In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – real sports involving autonomous human beings, casinos, lotteries – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.

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