Totally Discreet was born on April 26, 2013. After being “trained,” in all probability, prior to his second birthday, he was raced for the first time this summer at Saratoga. And now he is dead – euthanized Tuesday, says the Gaming Commission, for “laminitis [in] both front feet.”
To be sure, neither NYRA nor the industry at-large will accept any responsibility for this child’s death. (Indeed, it has already been “filed” in the “non-racing” bin.) Simple misfortune, they’ll say – fickle nature. Well…while I could use many adjectives to describe what happened here, “natural” surely is not among them. After being created – unnaturally, and confined – unnaturally, and exploited – unnaturally, Totally Discreet died – unnaturally. No, nothing natural about his short, mean stay on this planet at all. Man made him; man killed him. And that’s that.