Yet another horse was killed at Saratoga today when Travelin Soldier went down during a morning training session. Officially, says the Gaming Commission, broken leg, euthanasia. The unraced 3-year-old is the third kill in four days at Saratoga, 16th track-related (racing or training) of the meet. I had to be specific on that because the Commission also just (today) added a death from August 7: 3-year-old Duquesne Whistle, “euthanized for abdomen colic.” Duquesne was raced but eight days prior, finishing 4th in a Saratoga “allowance optional.” The Gaming Commission, of course, puts this in the “non-racing” bin, as if by doing so absolves. It doesn’t. Duquesne Whistle is no less a casualty of this vile industry than any of the others below.

The summer’s fatalities at “the oldest sporting venue in the nation”:

Lakalas, May 28, “collapsed and died after breezing”
Queen B, July 6, “fractured leg while breezing…ambulanced to clinic – euthanized”
Wanztbwicked, July 22, “suffered suspensory rupture breezing – euthanized on track”
Angels Seven, July 28, “pulled up, injury to LF leg – euthanized on the track”
Howard Beach, July 29, “suffered a fracture to RF leg breezing and was euthanized”
Positive Waves, July 29, “suffered a fracture to his RF leg breezing – euthanized”
Brooklyn Major, July 31, “collapsed and died after the finish of the race”
Marshall Plan, August 2, “fractured condylar bone while training – euthanized”
Fall Colors, August 3, “horse fell at second fence, died on track”
Munjaz, August 3, “was pulled up…vanned off – euthanized”
Lakeside Sunset, August 5, “ambulanced off; fracture right hind leg – euthanized”
Unbroken Chain, August 6, “suffered a fatal musculoskeletal injury – euthanized”
Duquesne Whistle, August 7, “was euthanized for abdomen colic”
Sweetneida, August 11, “ambulanced off – euthanized”
Meteoroid, August 16, “injured RF leg prior to 6th fence – euthanized on track”
Sayonara Rose, August 17, “was euthanized on the track for a left front leg fracture”
Travelin Soldier, August 19, “suffered a fracture while breezing – euthanized”

I have confirmed the following deaths at Charles Town:

July 15, 3rd race – Belle’s Candy, a “vanned off” on the chart, euthanized off track. In her most previous race (Charles Town, May), Belle’s finished last – 29 lengths back.

August 3, 5th race – Zipping By, also a “vanned off” and also euthanized out of sight. Zipping’s final six races, all under trainer Charles Frock, owner McDougal Racing:

April 2, Laurel, second-to-last
April 14, Laurel, second-to-last
May 27, Pimlico, second-to-last
June 18, Laurel, 10th of 12
July 9, Laurel, second-to-last
August 3, Charles Town, last, dead

Prior to his final run, Zipping By was being offered at $5,000; by finishing that race – albeit 27 lengths back – Zipping won $100 for his people.

This is horseracing.

From Equibase today at Saratoga: “SAYONARA ROSE…was returning on the main track to be unsaddled when she took a bad step and tragically had to be euthanized on track.” Yes, tragic, like this entire wicked industry. Sayonara was two; this was her second race. This is the second death in as many days at the “oldest sporting venue in the nation” (an epithet that should be ringing a bit more hollow with each passing kill).

KIA, Saratoga ’17:

Lakalas, May 28, “collapsed and died after breezing”
Queen B, July 6, “fractured leg while breezing…ambulanced to clinic – euthanized”
Wanztbwicked, July 22, “suffered an injury while breezing – euthanized on the track”
Angels Seven, July 28, “pulled up, injury to LF leg – euthanized on the track”
Howard Beach, July 29, “suffered a fracture to RF leg breezing and was euthanized”
Positive Waves, July 29, “suffered a fracture to his RF leg breezing – euthanized”
Brooklyn Major, July 31, “collapsed and died after the finish of the race”
Marshall Plan, August 2, “fractured condylar bone while training – euthanized”
Fall Colors, August 3, “horse fell at second fence, died on track”
Munjaz, August 3, “was pulled up…vanned off – euthanized”
Lakeside Sunset, August 5, “ambulanced off; fracture right hind leg – euthanized”
Unbroken Chain, August 6, “suffered a fatal musculoskeletal injury – euthanized”
Sweetneida, August 11, “ambulanced off – euthanized”
Meteoroid, August 16, “injured RF leg prior to 6th fence – euthanized on track”
Sayonara Rose, August 17, “was euthanized on the track for a left front leg fracture”