Fusaichi Red’s chart line (Equibase) in the 8th yesterday at Aqueduct: “chased five wide coming under coaxing at the five-sixteenths, swung six wide for home, took a bad step in the vicinity of the eighth pole, was immediately protected and eased up but tragically had to be euthanized on track.”

“…but tragically had to be euthanized on track.” For $2 bets. For entertainment. Fusaichi Red was five years old; this was her 22nd time under the whip.

Also in NY: The Gaming Commission reports that Lucky Sugar “suffered a fracture to her right front leg breezing [yesterday] and was euthanized on the [Belmont] track.” Lucky Sugar was two and had already been raced twice.

New York can now boast 121 dead racehorses at its tracks in 2017. This for a purportedly progressive state. Sad, and intolerable. End horseracing. Now.

I have confirmed that The First Star collapsed – “just fell over,” says a witness – and died during the running of the 2nd at Northfield Park Saturday. She was four.

This, from the most recent Stewards Minutes at Los Alamitos: “One equine death was reported this week due to racing injuries.” The victim was not identified.

This is horseracing.

In the 4th at Remington Friday, the chartwriter (Equibase) had Tanner’s Popsicle as “stopped badly, pulled up, collapsed, vanned off.” We now know that the 5-year-old is dead – with two different sources calling it a “heart attack.” Tanner’s had been under the whip just nine days prior, finishing last in a claiming race at Churchill.

We can also confirm that 3-year-old Chidamac is dead after “[taking] a bad step” in the 8th at Los Alamitos Friday. In its article relaying the kill, the Los Angeles Times notes that initially that race’s replay wasn’t shown at the track, and when it finally was, it had been edited – unpleasantries removed. Questioning this, the writer was told by a CHRB official that policy was changed some years back because (in the understatement of the day) “they felt showing replays of accidents over and over was not a good idea.” Chidamac was coming off a last, 20+ lengths back at Del Mar in November (and an 11th of 12 before that).

This is horseracing.

Chart notes (Equibase) from American racetracks last week:

Regalstone “vanned off” at Portland
Flashy Gold “vanned off” at Turf
Compadre Sam “suffered a severe leg injury…fell…euthanized” at Turf
Cayoke Star “fell, DNF” at Turf
Good At Goodbye “vanned off” at Zia
Two Dollar Pistol “vanned off” at Zia
Cape Ann “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Leatherhead Lurie “anxious in the gate…vanned off” at Penn
Bess’ Girl “fell, vanned off” at Penn
Carolina Shag “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Alex’s Stand RVF “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Penn
Afoolandhismoney “vanned off” at Delta
Goncharova “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Chidamac “took a bad step…vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Tanner’s Popsicle “stopped badly…then collapsed…vanned off” at Remington
No Lak of Speed “pulled up lame” at Remington
Great Lou “collapsed just past the finish line…vanned off” at Gulfstream
Kilo “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Small Town Cop “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Flattrip “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Awesome Buddy “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Royal Fashion “vanned off” at Turf