As I often remind, my casualty/kill lists are incomplete – not through lack of effort, but because Racing ensures that some (many) fall through the cracks, disappear. Witness 5-year-old Threetimes a Saint’s line from yesterday’s 2nd at Finger Lakes:
“THREETIMES A SAINT was unhurried along the rail, gained inside on the turn, responded and finished with good energy.” Place, $1,800. Seemingly, at least according to industry journal Equibase, no issues – actually, a rather fine outing.
And that’s just where it would have stood – with no one the wiser – had this race occurred in any other state. But owing to NY’s only-one-in-the-nation database, we now know that Threetimes a Saint, who was being raced for the third time this month, snapped a sesamoid and was euthanized. He becomes trainer Michael S. Ferraro’s 3rd dead horse in NY since July (Michonne, The Lucky Dream) and Finger Lakes’ 32nd since April. This is horseracing.