Victims 16 and 17 at Saratoga

Yet another horse was killed at Saratoga today when Travelin Soldier went down during a morning training session. Officially, says the Gaming Commission, broken leg, euthanasia. The unraced 3-year-old is the third kill in four days at Saratoga, 16th track-related (racing or training) of the meet. I had to be specific on that because the Commission also just (today) added a death from August 7: 3-year-old Duquesne Whistle, “euthanized for abdomen colic.” Duquesne was raced but eight days prior, finishing 4th in a Saratoga “allowance optional.” The Gaming Commission, of course, puts this in the “non-racing” bin, as if by doing so absolves. It doesn’t. Duquesne Whistle is no less a casualty of this vile industry than any of the others below.

The summer’s fatalities at “the oldest sporting venue in the nation”:

Lakalas, May 28, “collapsed and died after breezing”
Queen B, July 6, “fractured leg while breezing…ambulanced to clinic – euthanized”
Wanztbwicked, July 22, “suffered suspensory rupture breezing – euthanized on track”
Angels Seven, July 28, “pulled up, injury to LF leg – euthanized on the track”
Howard Beach, July 29, “suffered a fracture to RF leg breezing and was euthanized”
Positive Waves, July 29, “suffered a fracture to his RF leg breezing – euthanized”
Brooklyn Major, July 31, “collapsed and died after the finish of the race”
Marshall Plan, August 2, “fractured condylar bone while training – euthanized”
Fall Colors, August 3, “horse fell at second fence, died on track”
Munjaz, August 3, “was pulled up…vanned off – euthanized”
Lakeside Sunset, August 5, “ambulanced off; fracture right hind leg – euthanized”
Unbroken Chain, August 6, “suffered a fatal musculoskeletal injury – euthanized”
Duquesne Whistle, August 7, “was euthanized for abdomen colic”
Sweetneida, August 11, “ambulanced off – euthanized”
Meteoroid, August 16, “injured RF leg prior to 6th fence – euthanized on track”
Sayonara Rose, August 17, “was euthanized on the track for a left front leg fracture”
Travelin Soldier, August 19, “suffered a fracture while breezing – euthanized”

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  1. This is so VILE.
    I don’t even think there is a word that can describe the totality of the mayhem, carnage, and blood bath going on at Saratoga and all these hell holes for racehorses.
    I’ve stated many times prior that it’s going to get much worse.
    We have a bunch of horses now that are from stallions and/or broodmares who, most likely, won on doping cocktails, and who had to be retired due to some sort of lameness issue(s).
    I’m almost certain that this is being passed onto the foal crops.
    So we possibly have an entire population of racehorses that are possibly being born with immuno-suppressed systems to begin with, then pumped up with ADDITIONAL drugs, plus electro-shock wave therapy on underdeveloped musco-skeletal systems that are already comprised most likely, then add in the beating/whipping on short turn around times and you have a DISASTER waiting to happen.
    It’s going to get much worse because the 2018 foal crop is projected to be just over 20,000 racehorses. According to the Jockey Club survey who receives the requests for the foal papers which are necessary in order to run on a racetrack, they claim that the foal crops have been in steady decline, that just a few years ago the foal crop was 50,000 racehorses.
    Moreover, the amount of races being run, the amount of race days – they are INCREASING with the racino business model.
    In fact, we now see racehorses being run on as little as DAYS rest or less than a week which is unprecedented.
    This in and of itself is a recipe for disaster because a racehorse goes through so much stress leading up to and enduring a race.
    If people only knew they would never support horse racing.
    Most racehorses need a minimum of 2 weeks rest, and that’s only if they are in optimal condition with no issues which most of them aren’t.
    So less horses to fill more and more races with increased physical issues to begin with will most definitely lead to increased deaths on tracks all over America.
    The racehorses carry this entire business, literally, on their bones, and backs.
    The time has come to leave racehorses out of the gambling equation.
    Incidentally, we will never know the connections of Victim 16 TRAVELIN SOLDIER since he never started.
    Furthermore, the infamous animal abuser whose had MULTIPLE racehorses die under her care, LINDA RICE is the trainer of Victim 17 DUQUESNE.
    Equibase quickly erased her name from the record, but a little bit of research later, and we now know.
    She is one sick individual like they all are.
    Local and state government should immediately cease giving millions in casino profits to support horse racing!
    So sorry for you racehorses.
    We will – we must – continue to be a voice for these racehorses dying in the dirt.

    • Gina – good point about the shock wave therapy. I’ve seen advertisement from people advertising their electromagnetic wave therapy company – and they are saying it HEALS fractures! How scary is that?! So these trainers are taking horses with known or suspected fractures and believing this advertising ploy, assuming it will heal their horses and that they will be fine to race again. Yeesh.

      • My brief stint as an Associate Steward in California (2005) revealed extensive use of electro-shock wave therapy (ESWT).
        At that time, we became aware that horses with fractures were being run after they received ESWT.
        An absolute recipe for disaster!
        I was also aware that some trainers would go to the kill auctions, buy a horse with fractures for about $200, apply ESWT, and run them.
        There was one particular owner in Ontario Canada that did this routinely!
        He would run them both at Woodbine, and Ft. Erie, and he’s still a very active owner.
        So they would be applying ESWT just 1 hour before the inspection to freeze the injury.
        The vet inspections rarely detects this, and the horse would be cleared to run.
        Most racing jurisdictions still have NO RULES regarding the application of ESWT!!
        Even those who do, it’s largely non-enforceable because you can’t see or tell if a horse had ESWT.
        I was also aware that some trainers (big name trainers included) would by-pass the ESWT and go for the nerve cut AKA “nerving.”
        I became aware of a trainer in California that was, and probably still is cutting lots of nerves (not just in the leg) and winning most of the stake races as well.
        How can any trainer “love” and “care” for their horse when they are cutting nerves to win races, and unless you are willing to do the same you can’t be competitive.
        “Nerving” is permissible in most racing jurisdictions – where they can cut is part of the rules.
        However, they have no way to show or prove exactly where the nerve was cut unless they were standing over the horse in the stall during the procedure.
        Since horses, especially in Kentucky, are now legally considered livestock they fall under privacy laws – a determined so called “caring” community of racehorse owners ensured that this law was put through.
        Kentucky knew damn well what they were doing when they classified racehorses as “livestock.”
        This was basically cementing their “private profit slaves” with little to no oversight or legal means to hold them accountable for just about anything they do to these horses – shameful!
        So I laugh at some of the comments here from both apologists, and from the unsuspecting public.
        Incidentally, the HBPA who controls the Interstate Horse Wagering Act worth BILLIONS fights hard to protect trainers, and rules surrounding these inhumane methods of gaining an edge which has a strong potential to influence the outcome of a race.
        In fact, they often provide the legal defense money to trainers who are caught doing such things when blatant race fixing seems to be evident! For example, Rojas case in PA.

    • Colic is treatable! We saw it in our horses. It always had to be on show days. Inconvenient and expensive for emergency vet service, but it can be cured if caught in time. Definitely no need for euthanasia! 😈

      • Diane the severity of the colic is the issue here.
        These racehorses (and I’ve seen it) have their gut completely twisted beyond repair.
        They would die during surgery if attempted.
        I do agree that mild forms of colic, if caught on time, are treatable, but most of these cases are not.
        The high stress placed on these racehorses often result in colic or they are a result of chronic ulcers which 90% of racehorses have to some degree.
        http://www.ror.org.uk/faq/how-common-are-gastric-ulcers-in-former-racehorses/
        Both the deprivation of a natural environment and necessary grazing habits, in conjunction with, the artificial forced environment of doping cocktails, and intense confinement are contributors to this ailment.
        Forced to run with pre-existing conditions that have them suffering is another one.
        The mentality of these people is that the horse is simply not worth saving, even if possible, because their claiming price is lower than the cost of surgery.
        Everything about horse racing is wrong for the racehorse, and it’s time to shut down this freak show.

  2. Correction: Duquesne Whistle did have the connections stated.
    Linda Rice was the trainer, who has a left a trail of dead racehorses during her “career.”

    • I wonder how much insurance money was collected on each of these horses. Are the owners killing their slow horses for the insurance?

      • Most, if not all, upper level racehorses are insured.
        They obtain the insurance when they buy them at the sales auction places such as Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton in many cases or when the million dollar farm breeds them.
        Go to the sales auction websites, click on “Results,” and there you will see horses being bought for 6-figures and up.
        For more details contact Lavin Equine Insurance who are the predominant insurers for racehorses throughout the U.S.
        Iincidentally, Lavin Equine Insurance is owned by 2 brothers who own Lavin Bloodstock which are very active owners both at the sales, and on the tracks.
        They have cashed in on racehorses dying for years, since their business is built on that, so they would be the experts on this topic.
        Moreover, they financially support Steve Byk a pro-horse racing monitor of a program on Sirius.
        Steve Byk has been quoted on his program as brushing off racehorses dying like it’s buttering a slice of bread.
        In actuality, he’s right because dying is inherent in this business, and an acceptable mode of business operations.
        We have been saying that on this blog all along.

  3. Any horse training, racing or at the racetrack that dies or is injured, the racing industry and that track must be held accountable for because without enough horses being given stalls and accepted by the Racing Secretary at Saratoga to race there, they could not have held this meet. Eight days prior to his euthanization due to colic, Duquesne Whistle, finished fourth in a race. Saratoga Race Track, the trainer, owner, the veterinarians, the racing industry, even the region and the state of NY earned money from the wagers on this horse and from track entry fees, parking, onsite amenities to name a few. In his life he made them money, his death must then be counted by racing. He died living the short life he was bred for. Period.

  4. This needs to STOP! This is horse brutality! You couldn’t pay, me enough money, to go! Someone please, shut the track down, for good!

  5. This is totally outrageous that this many animals had to die for your freaking pleasure.
    Do you feel any guilt or shame all for the thrill of a $2.00 bet. You should have found out long ago what the reason was and fixed it…oh that’s right, for one beginners don’t race horses until they are at least matured…so disgusting. End the season early shut it down that would be the humane thing to do…bettors if they don’t …boycott the track.

  6. More animal abuse. Loosing all these young beautiful animals. I have not and will never go to Saratoga or any other track!!!!! I would never race my horse there!!!!!!

  7. This doesn’t just happen at Saratago! Its at EVERY damned track, this shit needs to stop, looks like they will kill the horses when in fact some of them could have been taken care of with the right medical treatment, but NO its cheaper for them to euthanize them than get them medical attention!! I am livid AGAIN

  8. Sadly, this horrific travesty is the perfect example of money or the abusers and users of money is yet another root of evil and greed. At the deplorable expense of these beautiful creatures the Lord created for man to enjoy and appreciate, not to maimed, abuse and torture. Allow these outstanding horses to share their beauty with others in an atmosphere of enjoyment such as a special needs camp for children and others to appreciate and delight in the excitement of their energy and excellence. The so-called sport of horse racing should not be endorsed but put to rest and find other alternatives for personal selfish thrills~

  9. Patrick, I think we may have the 18th victim at Saratoga!
    UNCHAINED MELODY, August 19th Race 9, Stake Race Grade I, Alabama Stake Race worth $600,000.
    “pulled-up, and vanned-off” at the half mile pole.
    Most likely DEAD.

  10. Racing horses is just another vile human activity exploiting another species with no interest in that species other than the money they can make the ‘owner’.

  11. I used to go to the track, saw Secrateriat run. Always been a huge animal advocate. Horses are just one step below dogs and cats. I saw 3 horses go down and shot about 20 years ago. I will not go except for the breakfast practice. I also will not attend the charity events held there. JUST THINK….

  12. I don’t know much about horse racing, but “Breezing” seems to be the culprit on these fractures resulting then in euthanize horses. I’m not sure what breezing is, but should eliminating breezing from racing perhaps be considered? And why are these horses being euthanized for broken bones? Can broken bones on a horse not be fixed? I understand that a horse with broken bones may no longer make a good race horse, but perhaps another use for that horse might be found, an alternative better than just killing it. Just a thought.

    • In simplest terms, “breezing” means a workout. That is what you usually see in the early mornings on the track. To answer your other question, sometimes a broken bone in a horse can be repaired, many times it cannot. Horses have heavy bodies and light bones with just tendons and ligaments below the knee. This means there is no large muscle there to support the bone in healing even with a cast. In addition, horses can’t sit on a couch, use crutches, etc., to keep weight off the broken bone. Weight on the feet and moving is what keeps circulation going in a horse, so you can’t just keep them off their feet. Often the bone could heal, but static laminitis (you will have to look that one up, takes too long to explain here) sets in and that ends in euthanasia (that is what happened to Barbaro). Of course, it can also be a very expensive(for the owner) and horribly painful (for the horse) with no guaranteed good outcome for the horse. Hope this helps a bit.

  13. WHY would someone put these beautiful animals through this?? I know horse racing has been a “sport ” for years but these kind animals put their trust in their rider. LUDICROUS!!

  14. I’m shocked there are so many “trainers” and “owners” that are on here complaining like they are when it was these same people who set the bar years ago with their horses. Racing them when there were little to no rules and regulations. A major part of the problem is these same people made their money off the backs of these animals and now have decided to rant and rave about the conditions. I have never raced, watched the races or profited from these horses. But I do pull them when they are injured, rehab and find them new lives. Some here, the same trainers and abusers from earlier in their lives think I am as bad as the people profiting, however, I feel different. So I will say again the same statements I get bashed for every time.
    If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem! Please go out and start changing these standards. Raise the bar for these animals and make their situations better. Please stop just talking about it. Do something.

    • The solution is to end racing. No compromises, no “reforms” – an end, pure and simple. That’s what we are working toward; that’s what we shall achieve. And if you are not on board, it is you who is part of the problem.

    • Brena, and what would you suggest “we” do? I can speak for some of the people posting here….”we” don’t race them too young, keep them confined to their stalls 23 hours a day, drug them, inject them, whip them, or send them to slaughter when their productive days are over, but then we are criticized by racing apologists when “we” pick up the broken bodies of the horses exploited by racing. I’m calling on those who profit off the horses to put their money where their big mouths are….do whatever is necessary to help the horses that YOUR industry destroys.

  15. There is something wrong with the track there has to be a reason why this is happening to these horses. I hope someone is looking into it way to many horses that are dead.

    • Linda, not attacking you personally, but this kind of comment grows tiresome. Please take the time to peruse my site. What is happening at Saratoga is no anomaly: upward of 2,000 horses die on American tracks annually. It’s not the track, it’s the business. Horseracing kills horses. Period.

    • Patrick is 100% correct both in his comment to Brena, and Linda respectively.
      The ONLY way that the dying will stop is when this business is stopped.
      The ONLY way that there will not be unwanted OTTB’s is when this business stops, and the cycle of breeding will finally come to an end just like SeaWorld.
      Incidentally Brena, myself along with many other supporters of this blog have rescued way too many broken, and dumped racehorses of this industry.
      We’ve come to realize that there will NEVER be enough homes to accommodate the discarded, and maimed racehorses that this industry does little about, which is why we advocate for shutting it down.
      Perhaps one day you will see the light, and turn it on in your head, and in your heart so you can be another voice for our blog.
      When deaths occur the “go to” excuse is the track surface.
      In actuality, dying is inherent in this business, and I think it will get much worse.
      Please refer to my numerous other posts explaining why I think the dying will not only continue, but flourish.

  16. I owned several trail horses when I was a young man in HS. A few things about horses. When they feel like it they love to run. Its what they do. However, what they don’t like, just like humans, is to be run for longer distanves than they want. They don’t like being whipped when they are running as fast as they can, and I’m sure they don’t like being doped up so that they can run faster than they naturally would. You want to cut down on race track fatslities?
    Stop the long distance races. Make it once around the track maximum.
    Stop all forms of dopeimg including lasix, which is given to help them breath better when being pushed to their limit.
    Its never gonna happen because this sport is about money. If a horse can make the owner money its racing, dope and all. Its a real catch 22. In order to compete the horse must be doped and raced hard, sometimes at long distances which is bound to lead to injury and death of the animal. No dope no whip no winning. Pretty simple really.

    • Lasix is a diuretic. It is given to the horse to help rid it of water. Too much lasix will lead to dehydration and exhaustion. Yes the horse can breathe better but at a cost. But then the horses are insured so the owner can get a cash payment if the horse dies racing. There is nothing wrong with the track composite materials. What’s wrong is the spread sheets when the horse is not winning very much.

  17. Many of tjese sound like race track is too hard and is causing injuries. Others due to training or inexperienced owners/trainers. No matter, something needs to change.

  18. Know your facts!! These horses are bred to race . They love it!! They love the racing environment!!
    Yes horses are injured while racing but, more horses are injured every year by running around a field than are injured on a racecourse. So are we going to stop horses from being turned out into fields?? Sure there is room to improve race horse safety. Like human athletes who develop severe health problems from playing sports, new safety measures are implemented to reduce or eliminate injuries.

    • “More horses are injured every year by running around in a field”? – oh really? – and where are YOUR facts to prove that? I’d love to see your facts…especially in light of your opening sentence.

      That being said, horses “running around in a field” are doing so of their own accord. Choosing which direction. Choosing when to start and stop. Taking care of themselves if an injury does occur as they have the awareness of it, being without the pain-killing measures (drugs, intra-articular corticosteroid injections, extracorporeal shock wave therapy) racehorses have administered to them. Without a whip-wielding jockey on their back. Without any number of the legal or illegal drugs in their systems. Without the life-threatening side effects of Lasix. Without price tags on their heads. And without having bets placed on their order of finish.

      Domesticated horses need the safety of pasture and paddock enclosures – they will choose their own activity (or lack of it – for the 30-plus years I’ve had my equine family members, ex-racehorses included, they very RARELY run) and there is very little we can or should do to prevent their choices.

      But horses do NOT have to be forced to compete in a man-made high risk activity for any human’s entertainment…it is unnecessary and provides no benefit to the non-consenting animal.

    • I have 3 from the track – 2 have permanent neuroses from ” the love of the racing environment”. Thank god one is finally calming down somewhat after 4 years off the track – she was truly a mess. I will never be able to show her or even take her to where there is any sort of commotion with other horses because she gets so anxious she is truly dangerous. But I guess I should’ve anticipated that when I saw her flip herself in the paddock being saddled before a race. And knock on wood – none have gotten injured in the pasture to the extent they were injured on the track. One has an old fracture that he sustained as a 2yo – then was raced on for the next 7 years. Plus he sports the marks of the brutal pin firing and freeze firing that he sustained over the years.

    • And all 3 of my ottbs speed of choice isn’t “racing” or even running – their speed is “mosey”. But they excel at that speed.

  19. The biggest issue here is the horses euthanized off the track…the horses are incredibly well cared for, but also insured to the hilt! If an owner can get a vet to say the injury will have impact on the rest of the horse’s life, the owner can euthanize the animal and make big money thru life insurance on the horse! Stop going after the horse people, punish the giant insurance companies and lawyers!

  20. The problem with all of this. Massachusetts did the same thing to dog racing, banned the whole industry. You know what happened? These poor dogs had no where to go except to be euthanized. Don’t believe it check it out.
    The way to cut way down on horse injuries is to get rid of unscrupulous trainers and owners and medications.. My horses get acupuncture, chiropractic and other natural remedies. Guess what? They run just as well. So it can be done.

    • Bob- where do you think the big majority of tb’s are going now when they are done? I’ve personally helped rehome about 20- but I was approached about rehoming probably 100 now that I couldn’t find homes for because they were too injured and would have extensive vet bills and rehab time. Most people don’t need an expensive lawn decoration, which is all most of these other horses could hope to be. So where did they all go? Who knows- they’ve just “disappeared”. When I would go back and ask about them, usually I would get the quick answer, “they’re gone”. No explanation to where or with who.

    • “What will we do with all the animals?” is a garbage argument put forth by people without any answers to the horrors perpetuated by their businesses. You can’t answer for the 2,000 killed on your tracks each year, nor the tens of thousands of recently “retired” who are brutally slaughtered. When – not if – horseracing finally vanishes, there will be plenty of funding to take care of what’s left.

    • “These poor dogs had no where to go except to be euthanized.”
      Guess what Bob?
      Tthey had nowhere to go after they were maimed, crippled, doped-up, and dumped long before the industry ever shut down.
      In fact, DUMPING is a necessary part of this business that exploits animals for profit.
      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/matt-bershadker/the-abomination-of-greyho_b_4905456.html
      I find it repulsive that you justify the ongoing animal brutality for stupid bets, and then you have the audacity to blame people, who never exploit them, for the unwanted dumped animals after they are all used up!
      There is no such thing as a scrupulous trainer.
      Rose put it succinctly when she said “you would be the only one left,” and this is 100% correct.

  21. This place needs to be closed down!! Absolutely ridiculous! NY state needs to stop this .. forget about the $ they are making and think about what is right!

  22. this is a despicable practice. Surely these horses can be helped and retired to a nicer life. The people who do this should be put in jail for animal cruelty

  23. Sure they can retire to a nicer life, but it’s not like that at all.
    The very people who exploit them are, usually, the very people who dump them.
    Furthermore, the majority of racehorses have “special needs,” which translates to one or multiple pre-exisitng conditions that usually require a huge vet bill, lots of patience/time, and not always able to be ridden.
    So a pasture horse is almost impossible to find a home for these days.
    It’s even difficult to find a home for good horses with none of these considerations.
    Yes this is legitimized animal cruelty that should be punishable by law.

  24. When I was 18 yrs old I walked 6 miles up to Green Mountain Park in Ponel Vermont to get a job at 1st just walking horses. I became a member of the TRPB who at the time was the governing body who was there to protect all of the people who was involved in the Horse Racing World. I traveled all over the racing world from sea to shining sea from the time I was 18 until I turned 21 yr old and then I was draft. I raced all type of horse’s flat track, runners, trotters and pacers to the racing world all around the County fair Circuit from California to Miami Fla from Colorado to Texas. I worked for some of the best people in the racing world like Dyane Branch Charlie Parvn and Cal Johnson as I was taught by all of them just how to take care and I became a real horseman as I loved my Job. I’m now 72 yrs old and retired Military. but it breaks my heart to see just how much the racing world has changed and just what you are saying about the racing world not care about kill of its bread and butter or there Horses. because in all of the time that I was on any race track in this country the people in this horse racing business cared about their horses and their people who worked for them?? But back then it was each horse track was owen privately and not by the gambling casinos. but then that’s progress as we know it! but I still miss the good old day’s when I would be getting a horse ready to run and compete against another of his peer group.

  25. I had a horse when a teenager, my beautiful, elegant, intelligent, beloved sparkling white horse… who was subject to Colic, and required Veterinarian intervention/treatment to save him…..The “Treatment” was an injection into the neck of my horse……..totally effective and curative…..So, I don’t get WHY a Colicy horse HAD to be PUT DOWN!!!!!!!! My Horse’s name was Suprise! and he WAS A BEAUTY! Large, 17 hands high, a blue-eyed Albino and he LOVED to show off in his pasture, prancing around, kicking up his heels, side stepping! He was a true PLEASURE to watch with his flagged tail, like an Arabian and his full long left side falling mane. He may have had Arabian in him, but his Mom, Soxy, was a full blood Tennessee Walker,who when purchased for her skills of cow pony/cattle herd control for the hereford ranch I lived on in Weybridge VT (she was also a medal winning Trail Pony competitor). Because of her body structure/tapered barrel of Tennessee Walker, it wasn’t know she was pregnant, except that one morning a visit to her pasture, voila! low and behold, there lie a sparkling white little colt on the ground, ah what a surprise! Thus, his name “Suprise!” Back to my point though, Colic was not a Death Sentence for him, SO, why should it be for any horse? Humans, sure aren’t my “favorite” species…….all my life Animals have been central to my life, the unconditional love they give if treated RIGHT, as a worthy being, without the gross faults and failing of our self glorifying species…….grant you I know more people IN my life who are animal lovers, than not, but that is just because of my circumstances and life path, and I AM so astronomically GRATEFUL for THAT! I CANNOT abide cruelty in ANY form, or THOSE WHO perpetrate in in ANY FORM……..I did not know this DarkSide of the racing industry…..I will NEVER have ANYTHING to do with or watch horse racing AGAIN!!!

    • The prognosis for one animal is not the same for all animals. Just because your “albino” horse was easily able to shake off a mild colic doesn’t mean it is the same for every case. Severe colic often times require surgery, and if the horse had placed well in its last race, I doubt they were willing to just throw it away as you seem to think. Colic is a symptom more than it is a diagnosis, so it could’ve been any number of things, and it’s the leading cause of premature death in horses. Stop being ignorant.

      Furthermore, Patrick, I have been reading your blog for a little while, and I think you make very good points! However, saying that colic is somehow related to the horse being at the track is foolish and takes away the validity of your post. While there are a couple of things that might’ve contributed to colic, none of it is exclusive to racing, and even if those conditions weren’t there, horses still colic and die. Again, it’s the leading cause of premature death in horses, and with 700-1000 horses at any given track, of course it will happen. It’s just a horse thing, not a racehorse thing. Anyone who is knowledgeable about or interacts with horses frequently (a.k.a. your target audience) knows this, and understands what a true beast colic is. Don’t blame it on the track, as it only takes away from your argument.
      Other than that, keep up the good work.
      All the best.

      • In a study on risk factors associated with colic – Dr. Nathaniel White II, professor of surgery at Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Virginia – there were three “higher than normal risk” factors identified: fed grain before hay at meals; horses in training for racing or eventing; horses confined to stall more than 12 hrs/day. Hmm.

  26. I’m a standardbred trainer and wouldn’t be in the business if harness racing had anywhere near comparable injury #s as the beautiful yet delicate thoroughbreds.

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