Saratoga Is a House of Cards

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

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  1. Saratoga horse racing is one big PR machine…..I wish it were a house cards — blackjack, poker, etc….let the games abound, leave the horses alone! Patrick, thank you for never letting our beloved horses die in vain and disappear without a remembrance of their all too brief existence.

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