As has been oft-repeated here, Racing’s propaganda arm – aka the Paulick Report, the Daily Racing Form, Blood-Horse – eschews talk of casualties. Common sense, really, as their fortunes are inextricably tied to the larger industry’s, and dead horses are bad for fortunes. Generally, a death only merits coverage if the race was rich and/or the horse was valuable and/or the jockey was hurt.
Thursday at cheap Charles Town, a nondescript horse named Charitable Star broke down and was euthanized. Nothing – except here. Yesterday at hallowed Keeneland, two stakes-winning horses were killed in separate races: 5-year-old Shore Runner in the $150,000 Woodford, 6-year-old Skyring in the $1 million Shadwell. Both, of course, covered by the aforementioned hacks.
Here, for those who can stomach it, is the fall that ended Shore Runner’s life (“Replays,” Sat the 3rd, race 5 – around 1:00 mark):
This is horseracing.