On August 5, three horses were injured while training at Saratoga; one, 3-year-old Wheels Up Now, was subsequently euthanized at a clinic. Most of the press attention, however, was focused on 5-year-old Recepta. Said the Daily Racing Form at the time, “Recepta…was simply galloping when [the] exercise rider heard something crack” – a fractured pelvis, as it turns out. Career-ending, said her trainer, but not, as it would have been in the overwhelming majority of cases, fatal. Why? Recepta was a $700,000-earning, Graded Stakes-winning horse (in fact she had just finished 2nd in a Grade 1 two weeks earlier). In other words, there was a whole lot more money to be made on this animal, if not on a track, then most definitely in a breeding shed.
Flash forward 3 1/2 months: Recepta, the DRF says, is dead – euthanized last week due to laminitis (which of course can be traced directly back to the original injury). Imagine this poor creature’s extended suffering. After what must have been an excruciating break, she was then confined to a stall. But not just confinement, mind you. Here is what trainer Jimmy Toner said awaited Recepta back in August (DRF): “The main thing is the next 30 to 45 days are crucial. Just stall rest. They have to be standing; you can’t allow them to get up and down. If they do, they can refracture that and cause another problem.” 3 1/2 months later, infection, death. Simply horrible.
By the way, Recepta makes it 18 killed this summer at “the oldest sporting venue in the country.” 21st Century America or 1st Century Rome?
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
Wheels Up Now, August 5, training
Recepta, August 5, training (euthanized November)
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
Its Only Fair, September 9, training
Core Competency, September 19, training