4 “Vanned Off” on Saratoga’s Final Day

Saratoga, perhaps the most prestigious meet in the nation, closed its summer yesterday with four – yes, four – horses ambulanced off the track:

Slew of Money in the 6th (after, says Equibase, being “reluctant to load”)
Iced Over in the 8th
Classic Empire in the 10th
First Tomoe in the 11th

In addition, Runaway Lute “fell after the finish” of the 10th.

Should more information present itself, I will duly report. As it stands now, Saratoga ’16 counts 14 dead racehorses on its ledger:

Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, training
Squire Creek, July 16, training
Zamjara, July 23, race 1
Rootformejustin, July 23, race 5
Indian Nobility, July 27, race 3
Domestic Warrior, August 1, race 4
Lebowski, August 2, “found dead outside stall”
Jonrah, August 3, training
Midnight Visitor, August 4, prior to race 4
Prince Corredor, August 20, training
Elusive Neko, August 24, training
Bob Le Beau, August 25, race 1
Ring of Truth, August 25, race 10
Desert Trial, August 28, training


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  1. What people need to understand is that racehorses DIE on both opulent/prestigious tracks and “B” tracks.
    Dying is dying whether that is in opulent surroundings or not so let’s get that clear.
    All racehorses are subjected to the mandatory operating procedures of whipping/beating, doping, maiming, dumping, and/or dying at some point during their servitude.
    There have been many posts here, including names, of racehorses that have come from wealthy owners, who end up running for a flake of hay in claiming.
    The fancy hats, mint juleps, and party atmosphere never should justify the ongoing maiming, and deaths of sentiment beings.
    Folks, this is not “tradition,” this is blatant animal cruelty, and if this was observed in any other part of our society there would be charges laid for racehorses being maimed, and/or killed.
    This is a cruelty circus, and a death camp.
    It has no place in the 21st century.

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