From the NYS Gaming Commission:
Rich ‘n’ Tuck “died in shedrow from a case of severe colic” April 28 at Belmont. The 6-year-old was last raced less than three weeks prior. Apparently, this was not a euthanasia. Imagine that.
Classy Chris “unseated the jockey in the post parade and ran through the rail” prior to the 5th at Belmont May 17. “Vanned off,” euthanized out of sight. She was four.
In the industry lexicon, these are “non-racing” fatalities. As if this somehow absolves. It doesn’t. A horse presumably getting spooked on her way to being whip-raced in front of screaming spectators speaks for itself. But what of colic, “severe” at that? According to a renowned equine/racing expert, common causes of colic include high grain-based diet, abrupt change in feed, dehydration, long-term use of NSAIDs, stress, and long periods of immobility (stall “rest”/confinement). Sound familiar? So, morally speaking, I submit that the above deaths are no different than ones involving shattered legs or imploded hearts. Racing (capital “R”) kills, all.