I have received confirmation that the three horses – Silver Sundara, Diamond Dozen, Forged in Gold – who “broke down” at Charles Town last week are indeed dead. Horrible enough, but I have also learned of a fourth fatality there: After last Wednesday’s 8th, Oursecretsparadise, a “collapsed in upper stretch” on Equibase, was euthanized on the track. That’s four dead athletes at one track in a three-day period.
Oursecrets, by the way, was a 6-year-old maiden claimer who only just made his “debut” last month; in that race, also at CT, he finished 7th of 9, 33+ lengths back.
“The Sport of Kings” is indefensible.