Two Die at Belmont Friday

More dead racehorses in New York (Gaming Commission):

3-year-old Cornedbeefncabbage “suffered a fracture to his left front leg while breezing” Friday at Belmont – “euthanized.” Also Friday at Belmont, 6-year-old Rich ‘n’ Tuck “died from an apparent case of colic.” “Apparent”? Speechless.

This is horseracing.

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    • Common causes of colic – high grain-based diet, abrupt change in feed, dehydration, long-term use of NSAIDs, stress, long periods of immobility (stall rest/stall confinement)…all common in a racehorse’s life. And it’s a well known fact that 80%-90% of racehorses suffer from gastric ulcers (and that’s a conservative percentage as some experts have claimed at least 95% have them).

      A racehorse’s “lifestyle” increases the risk of colic. Without a doubt.

      • Known fact, backed with scientific evidence, that about 90% of racehorses have gastric ulcers.
        The medication to prevent the gastric ulcer from perforating the stomach is super expensive.
        Most racehorses running for their lives in the claiming ranks are not given this medication mainly due to the connections who can’t afford it or don’t prioritize their medication condition.
        It’s no secret that most, if not all, racehorses running in the claiming ranks are living in pain, and suffering every single day.
        Yet, these people who claim to “care” for them facilitate this suffering every day.
        Moreover, the fact that the medication records are kept “secret” permits these supporters to operate under virtual impunity.
        They are “killing” these racehorses.
        There is no other way to look at it.
        They either die on the track or on the slaughterhouse floor more often than not.

    • Noval, I suspect you are being sarcastic with your comment here on a blog that focuses on the WRONGS in horseracing. Obviously, horses do colic outside of racing but an “unnatural” lifestyle contributes to that condition. From the Smartpak Winter 2017 Supplement & Horse Care Guide – Health Risks & Unnatural Stress:

      “Time spent in a stall is a fact of life for most horses, but it can have some pretty unpleasant downsides, including limited movement, which can contribute to joint stiffness. Lack of activity can also lead to reduced circulation throughout the body, which is particularly troublesome for hooves. This is because hoof structures are nourished by the blood circulating through the hoof, which delivers vital nutrients to help keep those structures strong and resilient. As a result, poor circulation is often a precursor to weak, cracking, unhealthy hooves. PERHAPS THE MOST CONCERNING OF ALL, INCREASED STALL TIME IS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASED RISK OF BOTH ULCERS AND COLIC.

      High-grain diets [have been] associated with increased risk of ulcers and colic, unhealthy weight gain, along with excess energy and excitability.

      Your horse’s stomach was built for grazing. Large, infrequent meals and limited grazing contribute to ulcers and colic.”

      There you have it, Noval, not from me who is vehemently opposed to horseracing, but from a respected company that focuses on providing horses with the nutrition they need. Horses, as we all should know, are herd animals and need to spend a large portion of their day relaxing in a pasture/turnout environment. I have been to quite a few tracks in my area of the country and I have NEVER seen horses turned out at the tracks. Two tracks, Beulah and Belterra, each had one round pen for 1,000 horses. Also, with year round racing, horses are hauled from one track to the next without a break so their lives consist of being continually confined to a stall. Of course, racing isn’t about what is best for the horses. It is about generating as much money as possible through the gambling machine.

  1. More dead racehorses.
    So sorry for Cornedbeefncabbage and RIch “n” Tuck.
    This horrific business must end.
    It can’t come soon enough for the racehorses.
    Shame on anybody who supports this blood bath.

  2. I have adopted several ex race horses by bidding more per pound for them than the meat buyers did. Many many of the owners never even see the horses. They are just another business deal for those people. They have a good home here, and graze to their heart’s content.

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