Monday is one of America’s two lightest racing days, with only a handful of tracks live. Now with that as background, consider what happened yesterday:
Three horses were ambulanced off at “The Downs Racetrack & Casino” (New Mexico); two at “Mountaineer Casino Racetrack” (West Virginia); and one each at “Parx Casino & Racing” (Pennsylvania), “Presque Isle Downs & Casino” (Pennsylvania), and “ThistleDown Racino” (Ohio). Knowing what we know about the “vanned,” it’s a good bet that as you read at least four of the eight are already dead. In addition, another horse returned from an Albuquerque race bleeding from the nostrils.
One commonality for all of the above racetracks is that each is a racino track – their very existences depend on the corporate welfare they receive in the form of slot-machine (and some table-game) cash. So to our please-don’t-bet-on-horseraces plea, we add: please don’t patronize racinos, for what may seem an innocuous evening playing VLTs in fact has grave – often fatal – consequences for racehorses.