At least two racehorses died yesterday while “competing” on American tracks:
In the 2nd at Delaware, “HARDWIN was pulled up in distress…humanely euthanized” (Equibase). Hardwin was four years old and “For Sale” at $5,000 prior to dying.
A short while later, “JUST ZIP IT collapsed and died at the finish line” of the 4th at Arlington. No surprise here: Just Zip It, also four, was running his fifth “maiden claiming” race. The previous four: a “distanced, DNF” his first time out; followed by last-of-11, 29+ lengths back; last-of-11, 24 back; 5th of 6, almost 10 back.
Also, the NYS Gaming Commission has finally confirmed the death of 3-year-old Bay City Blues in the 5th at Finger Lakes Monday – “euthanized on the track.” On the chart, Bay City was a “broke down.” Like a car.
And finally, also at Finger Lakes, this for Timber on Wednesday: “paralyzed arytenoids without resolution – euthanized.” Timber was four and had been under the whip 16 times, most recently in June at Belmont.
This is horseracing.