First Fall Meet Kill for Belmont

Although the baton will not officially pass from Saratoga to Belmont till late next week, the latter has wasted no time in recording its first Fall Meet kill. Yesterday, Karen Kan, a 3-year-old filly who was last raced at Aqueduct in April, “sustained [an] injury while breezing,” says the Gaming Commission, and is dead.

This is horseracing.


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  1. KAREN KAN – so sorry for you lovely filly as I think, my opinion, that you were yet another victim of an equine insurance policy scam!
    Midwest Thoroughbreds – remember them??
    I’ve posted about several other of their horses who have died under mysterious circumstances that have the same modus operandi in many examples.
    They purchase a horse for 6 figures, in this case for $200,000, equine insurance policy most likely in place (which they can borrow against in some cases), the horse doesn’t live up to expectations or may endure an injury that affects her performance, but the records are kept secret, then she dies in the dirt with, more than likely, a $200,000 pay back – nice tidy way to exploit a horse and even cash in!!
    The death almost always takes place during training, which usually qualifies for insurance pay outs if it occurs on a racetrack.
    During training, there’s hardly any scrutiny going on in that stall or anybody watching out for the racehorse unlike race days, but even then it’s sketchy.
    We will have no idea what was given to this horse before she died, but I think that the NYRA has a mandatory necropsy conducted only sometimes an equine insurance necropsy is conducted, and they will accept those findings from what I saw in the past.
    It’s important to note that most, if not all, equine necropsy results don’t include tissue samples unless specifically ordered, and it’s usually the owner that has to agree and/or pay for it!
    Tissue samples are the only accurate way of telling what dope was in her body, but will not detect any type of physical applications that can cover-up a serious injury, send her out to the track where she dies.
    Brutal, ugly, and vile that this filly may have died for a payout, if not, it’s still horrific, and it’s business as usual in the real world of horse racing.

  2. This is dispicaple and MUST stop!!
    Where is the value of another living creaature? When $$$ is more important than a life, of any kind, it’s called GREED!!

  3. Again, here we have insurance companies “in bed” with the state. If you want to buy a race horse, the insurance on that horse should not be what you paid for the horse. If the horse dies, the payout could be a small percentage of what was paid. These poor animals are mudered for the insurance money payout—- there it is, simple. All these deaths, are not accidents. They are planned. Maybe there should be NO INSURANCE for the horses—As I understand it, if you pay $200,000 for a race horse, and he or she wins $500,000. in various races, and then “dies” you recoup your original $200,000 from insurance, plus you keep the winnings: theoretically you are up $700,000. Then you do it again. And again. Horse racing used to be called “the sport of kings” because they could afford the costs without the insurance policy. Now these paltry “wanna be’s” only do it with the insurance because they are into the Horse-Insurance-Death Plan. Horse owners: try it without the insurance policy— you’ll take much better care of your horse(s). These two bit horse owners will dwindle.

    • Sorry, can’t let this misinformation stand. My understanding is that most racehorses are not insured. And to say that the deaths are “planned,” that horses “are murdered for the insurance money payout,” is patently ridiculous.

      • Mortality insurance on any type of horse is exceedingly cost prohibitive. Insurance companies are fully aware of the risk of fraud in insuring horses and price the premiums accordingly. The market then is less competitive which drives the premiums up more.
        If a claim is made, assuredly the claimant will encounter a higher level of scrutiny than most other claims. The scenarios described sometimes on this site are more from TV programs and or novels. Insurance companies do not just pay out blindly. The vast, vast majority of race horses are not insured; no question.

      • Thanks KMK for the insight.
        The vast majority of racehorses are not insured, but it’s hard to really know the ones that are because that private information is never disclosed.
        There have been cases where racehorses were murdered for insurance money, but I certainly hope that it’s patently ridiculous today.
        I’m not entirely convinced that it doesn’t happen, but it’s up to the insurance companies to deal with that one.
        All I know is that racehorses are dying – lots of them.

  4. Trish Coughlin! Yes, I am VERY interested in attending any protests at the Belmont Race Track (my junior high school faces it) and my husband would go too and maybe I can round up some of my fellow vegan friends as well. I live 20 minutes away and grew up walking distance to Belmont.

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