The NYS Gaming Commission reports the deaths of two at Finger Lakes:
5-year-old Painted Poney, July 16, euthanized for colitis.
4-year-old Bella Bamba, July 17, euthanized for broken hip – “history of kicking walls.”
While the Commission classifies these as “non-racing” fatalities, make no mistake, Racing bears full responsibility: As both horses were still very much “in the game” – penned at the track, each having been raced there just last month – it is not unreasonable to conclude that this industry’s inherent stress contributed to their deaths. “History of kicking walls”? Sorry, NY, you don’t get to wash your hands by calling it “non-racing” – a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse.