Two more dead racehorses:
In yesterday’s 5th at Aqueduct, 3-year-old Risk the Moon “broke down approaching the sixteenth pole and was euthanized.” Prior to dying, Risk the Moon had been put to the whip three other times – all at Aqueduct (beginning in Nov), all (as well as yesterday) under the steady guidance and careful care of jockey Samuel Jiminez and trainer Patrick Kelly. His finishes: 10th of 11, 8th of 10, last of 8 – a combined 54+ lengths back – results achieved “under urging” and “under coaxing.” It’s called abuse.
A few hours later in the 1st at Delta, another 3-year-old, Lloyd Holland-trained/owned Leo the Lion Tamer, “was pulled up in distress and euthanized.” After 17 starts and almost two years, Leo was still being whipped at the “maiden claiming” level; in fact, he never finished above 3rd; in fact, in his most recent race February 11, he finished last, 24+ back. A nothing in life, a nothing in death. This is horseracing.