Three days ago, a horse named Shakeyogroovething “went wrong” in the 2nd at Turfway and “was vanned off.” In fact, he is dead – euthanized, according to multiple sources, for his injuries. This, of course, is nothing out of the ordinary – racehorses are killed on American tracks every day. What is particularly gut-wrenching about this one is this: Shakeyogroovething was 12 years old; his death-race was his 106th. 106th. Ponder that. Furthermore, this was his sixth time under the whip in the new year. In other words, it seems the industry was determined to get every last red cent out of this animal – to run him right into the ground. Congratulations.
This is horseracing.