Monday morning, a 3-year-old horse named Dontevnthnkaboutit was brought out for training at Finger Lakes. He was being prepped for his first race. Here, according to the Gaming Commission, is what happened: “[horse] ran loose, impaled R shoulder on rail – extensive tissue and muscle damage, euthanized.”

“Impaled shoulder on rail.” For gambling.

Insanity.

The NYS Gaming Commission has confirmed that 3-year-old Notwhoiseemtobe was killed – after, that is, taking the proverbial “bad step” – in the 4th yesterday at Finger Lakes. It was the pubescent animal’s third race in 28 days.

Also, the Commission reports, 4-year-old Lost in D Shuffle was euthanized Sunday at Finger Lakes for what is being termed a “non-racing” reason. While that may be technically true, this still-very-much-active racehorse (last raced August 29 – “failed to respond”) is no less a casualty of this vile business than his compatriot above.

Please stop betting on horse races.

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Last week on U.S. tracks (flats only; does not include training or harness casualties):

“Broke Down” – virtually without exception an industry euphemism for dead
Dreaming of Bella, Mountaineer
Three’s a Trump, Thistledown
Exclusive, Thistledown
Wind Warrior, Arlington
Dannhauser, Laurel
Feisty’s Cause, Oak Tree

“Vanned Off” – horse unable to walk off track under own power; good-chance dead
Buca Who Looker, Zia
Captain Serious, Belmont
Chipsandslots, Indiana
Storm Ridge, Louisiana
Mr. McGrew, Arlington
Rudyard K, Belmont
Phil’s Wildcat, Belterra
Bop Bop Mufasa, Charles Town
Spanish Gladiator, Albuquerque
Concho Country, Albuquerque
Our Lucky Warrior, Belterra
Pyc Ferarri Prize, Lone Star
Sr Inseperable, Lone Star
Little Joe M., Los Alamitos
Harlan’s Trumpet, Penn
Dance the Rails, Penn
Speeding Comet, Belmont
Boxcar Babe, Lone Star
Rockinatten, Penn
Wicked Perty, Zia
Smiling Reuben, Albuquerque
Clear Winn, Albuquerque
Seek the Prize, Churchill
Altanero Ways, Los Alamitos
Industrious, Parx
Itsastormynight, Portland
Blazin Blue Eyes, Zia

“Bled”; “Bleeding From Nostrils” – as a rule, indicates pulmonary hemorrhage
Smarty Mr D, Parx
Dye Fore, Belmont
Real Gem Dandy, Albuquerque (also “vanned off”)
Vinegar Joe, Finger Lakes
Two Notch Road, Laurel
Bamuel Toi, Oak Tree
No Bull, Penn

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(source: Equibase)

8-year-old Cam Dan Kadandy is dead after suffering a “catastrophic injury” – fractured pastern and cannon, says Gaming Commission – in the 3rd at Saratoga Raceway last night. To date, 84 horses have perished on or at NY tracks in 2016.

Also from yesterday, Equibase reports that 3-year-old Exclusive “broke down” in the 6th at Thistledown. “Broke Down,” of course, almost invariably means dead.

Please stop betting on horse races. Lives are at stake. Literally.

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