On “Belmont Day” (from Equibase):
4-year-old Avenue Road “broke down” in the 5th at Charles Town and, I have confirmed, was euthanized back in the barn.
3-year-old National Trust “broke down” in the 4th at Parx – “humanely euthanized.”
3-year-old Sugar Foot Anne “broke down” in the 9th at Delaware.
Also, the NYS Gaming Commission reports the following for 2-year-old Sharp as a Tack at Tioga Downs: “death in back stretch barn following an on-track warm up.”
Hollywood Handsome “vanned off” at Belmont (in Belmont Stakes).
Anxious Dreams “vanned off” at Canterbury.
Task Force Glory “vanned off” at Churchill.
El Jarocho “down after wire, vanned off” at Delta.
Any Given Trace “returned bleeding” at Parx.
De Facto “bled, vanned off” at Prairie.
I have also learned that 5-year-old Slip the Cable, an “eased, vanned off” in the 8th at Charles Town Thursday, was in fact euthanized on the track. “Eased, vanned off” is what they told us; dead where he lay is what actually happened.
This is horseracing.