NY is the only state in the nation that maintains a public website listing its dead racehorses. Theoretically, any horse who dies on or at a NYS track ends up on this list – and in real time. That said, something very strange is afoot in The Empire State. The last reported death was Tornado City January 26th at Belmont (training). Granted, this is a slower part of the year. Still, five of the seven harness tracks are live, and so is Aqueduct – Aqueduct, which lost 20 horses from October 31st to January 22nd.
In the five full calendar years preceding this one, the longest gap between reported deaths was 29 days (Feb-Mar ’13). Right now, we are at six weeks and counting. Perhaps it’s just a lucky run. Then again, perhaps not. NYRA received a lot of negative publicity during that early Aqueduct spate. And really, would a conspiracy of silence surprise anyone even remotely familiar with this industry? Certainly not me.