More often than not, a racehorse who cannot exit the course under his own power – is vanned off – ends up euthanized back in the barn or shortly thereafter. But confirmations are hard to come by, and we’re left with but a host of missing athletes. Every once in a while, though, some truth shines through.
Last night at Charles Town (race 3), 4-year-old Bird Hunter fell, per Equibase, and was vanned off. This morning, I was able to confirm that the young gelding did not survive his injury. This is horseracing.