At Parx yesterday afternoon, 10-year-old Dream Maestro “broke down in his right front and was humanely euthanized [Equibase].” It was his 71st race. Later in the day out at Del Mar, 5-year-old Rush In (below) broke down and was also euthanized. That’s two dead in two days at the California track – “cool as ever.”
I received this from a witness to Rush In’s death:
“I was in the infield, a few yards beyond the finish line, and saw it all. I didn’t see the jockey go off, but watched as track officials unsaddled him, and then the green screen went up, but I could still see him in full view from where I stood. He was clearly struggling as he tried to walk. The van backed up and he was loaded on and taken away. It was very upsetting to watch – I could see him tossing his head through the van’s window, and my heart sank.”
This is horseracing.