Two horses were killed in the same race last night at Penn National. In the 8th, a $4,000 claiming, 5-year-old Player to Be Named and 4-year-old Thou Art Mary both “broke down” and were “humanely euthanized.”
It is, of course, a fact that on average several horses die on American tracks daily. That said, it is unusual to have two felled in the same race. Because of this, you would think that at least one of the regular rags – Paulick, DRF, Blood-Horse – would cover it. Nothing. Why? Because these were relatively worthless assets running for bottom-feeder connections (Stephen Mick, Joseph Besecker, Lucy Houle Webb, Mindy Githens) at a seedy track. In short, no one, save for us advocates, seems to care that two intelligent, feeling creatures were killed for gambling last night in Pennsylvania.