In the (Equibase) chart notes for the 3rd at Belmont yesterday, Bonita Luna was said to have “[taken] a bad step…got pulled up quickly and was subsequently vanned off.” Turns out, the 6-year-old mare is dead – “euthanized,” says the Gaming Commission, for a “front leg fracture” back in the barn. “Investigation to follow.”
Also recently reported by the Commission: Majestic Joe sustained multiple fractures while training at Belmont this past Sunday. He was two years old – on the maturation chart, the equivalent of a human child – and being prepped for his first race.
So far in 2016, 21 racehorses have lost their lives at the venue that just hosted the final leg of the Triple Crown – and no one seems to care.
This is horseracing.