For the second time in a week, horses were killed in back-to-back races on an American track, this time at famed Santa Anita.
In the 1st yesterday, Storming Candy “ducked into the rail [ducked?]…fell and was vanned off” (Equibase). After initially calling the ambulance a mere “precaution,” the Daily Racing Form later reported the 4-year-old euthanized.
In the 2nd, 3-year-old Dixie Ballet “broke down” (“severe,” says the DRF). He, too, is dead. Oh, and Equibase added this gem: “The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run in deep stretch before ruling DIXIE BALLET broke down on his own” (and Storming Candy “was the cause of his own trouble”). Vile, indeed.
This is horseracing.