A pair of “equine athletes” were killed in back-to-back races Sunday at Aqueduct. In the 4th, says Equibase, Frat Star, being raced for the second time in nine days, “fell heavily breaking down after the finish and was euthanized” (on-track). Then, in the 5th, Regulus, a 7-year-old under the whip for the 41st time, “broke down coming to the end of the backstretch and was subsequently euthanized” (again, on-track). They are the second and third victims of Aqueduct’s weekend, as Blameiton Brooklyn was euthanized after breaking a leg in the 5th Friday. (Blame actually finished his race – with a broken leg – was “vanned off” and euthanized back in the barn.)
Later Sunday, Indian Nate “broke down” and was euthanized in the 7th at Turf. It was the 6-year-old’s third time under the whip in a month.
But wait, there’s more. Saturday:
At Parx (6th), Surfside Chic “died on the track due to a catastrophic injury.”
At Delta (10th), Chocopologie “took a bad step and was euthanized.”
At Santa Anita (9th), Eaglemaker “broke down [racing-speak for dead] and fell nearing the sixteenth pole.” To add insult to (fatal) injury, the chartwriter closed with this: “Eaglemaker broke down on his own.”
This, America, is horseracing.