Yesterday in the U.S., just four Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse tracks were live; at three of those four, death. From Equibase:
In the 2nd at Parx, “PLAYMETHEBLUES was always far back and he broke down in his left front between the three sixteenths and eighth pole and was euthanized.”
In the 5th at Mahoning, “RUHL PAUL…set the pace into the second turn then broke down…”
In the 1st at Turf, “RUNNING FOR ANNIE…broke down during the stretch run then was euthanized.”
But that’s not all. After two of the kills – at Parx and Turf – the remaining races were canceled due to “track conditions.” So, not only do we have three dead (that we know of) in a combined 21 American races, but even more damning, the relevant authorities in Pennsylvania and Arizona knew their tracks were compromised from the start (the Parx chart described conditions as “rainy and sloppy”) – and ran races anyway.
This is horseracing.