The 2 1/2-week meet at the Alameda County Fair in California – “Oak Tree at Pleasanton” – has come and gone, leaving behind a pile of dead racehorses (information direct from the California Horse Racing Board):
On June 20, 7-year-old Schilling broke down – “intra sesamoidian leg rupture” – while training. Euthanized.
On June 21, 3-year-old Run Like a Million broke down – “bilateral sesamoid fractures” – while training. Euthanized.
On June 26, 6-year-old Distinctive Yolie “went agonal and died” (on the track) after the 4th race.
On June 27, 4-year-old Kriscraft “went down breaking out of gate [7th race], would not rise, back legs non-weight bearing – euthanized at the scene.”
On June 30, 2-year-old Decisive Choice broke down – “multiple fractures” – while training. Euthanized.
On July 5, 4-year-old Dr. Buffum broke down – “ruptured suspensory right front lateral branch” – in the 7th race. Euthanized.
This is summer entertainment?