In addition to the twice-deadly 1st at Aqueduct, (at least) two other races saw “equine athletes” go down Sunday – one confirmed dead, the other almost assuredly:
At Golden Gate, 3-year-old On Time Cat was, according to the track’s website, “euthanized after fracturing his left-front cannon bone” in the 3rd. That, was immediately followed with this: “On Saturday Golden Gate Fields will give away a 2016 wall calendar commemorating the top horses and jockeys who have competed at the bayside venue during the track’s 75-year history.” The show, after all, must go on.
At Turf Paradise, 3-year-old Red Phone “broke down” in the 8th. The replay, below, shows the young horse completely flipping over.
Replay of Turf 8 (“Replays,” Dec 27, race 8) – first shot at 1:10, slow-motion at 2:10