Deaths at Finger Lakes, Suffolk Downs

The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 4-year-old Hisnameisdash broke while training at Finger Lakes Saturday and was euthanized. Apparently, the gelding “had [an] issue [and was] given [a] year off” before resuming training this spring.

Meanwhile: Although Suffolk Downs has been reduced to three two-day “festivals” – complete with oldies bands, bouncy houses, jungle gyms, face-painting, etc. – a year, the killing, a Suffolk tradition, carries on. The Boston Globe, July 9: “The beauty and the cruelty of thoroughbred racing were evident in the first race steeplechase event, when Silver Lime, a 7-year-old gelding…was severely injured and had to be euthanized after falling after the ninth and final jump in the grueling 2 1/16-mile race.”

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This is horseracing.

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  1. On Jul 20, 2016, at 8:05 AM, Horseracing Wrongs wrote Patrick, citing an epidemic of deaths and injuries at Finger Lakes, I just wrote the Gaming Commission a formal request to shut the track down. A lot of good it will do. Keep up the great work. Wayne > >

    • I thank you for writing the letter. It’s more than many people do.
      Consider the horse racing industry as the Titanic.
      Then consider us all pieces of an iceberg that, together, is a formidable force.
      The more we chip away, the more we are closer to tearing into the hull.
      It didn’t take a big hole to sink it.
      We will sink it by all contributing to that hole one by one.

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