Three racehorses were killed at hallowed Saratoga yesterday. First, during morning training, a pair of 3-year-olds broke down while “breezing” (Gaming Commission):
Jackson N Leonard, broken sesamoids – euthanized after being vanned off.
Kathy’s Reward, shattered cannon – euthanized on track.
Then, in the day’s 9th, 4-year-old Innovation Economy broke down – track announcer, “something’s gone wrong with Innovation Economy” – and was, according to the Equibase chart, “humanely euthanized.”
They call it a sport (in fact, the racing people proudly call Saratoga the oldest sports venue in the country); they call the horses athletes. But how, apologists, do you reconcile yesterday’s (this year’s, last year’s) carnage with sport, entertainment? Short answer: you don’t, you can’t.
For those considering a pilgrimage to Saratoga this summer, please connect the dots: They hold (and train for) these animal races because the gambling public demands them. No bets, no races. No races, no dead horses. It really is that simple.