Yesterday, in the 5th race at Finger Lakes, a 2-year-old filly named Judge Maggie was put to the whip for the third time. According to the chart (Equibase), she was “pulled up, vanned off.” In fact, she is dead – broken leg, says the NYS Gaming Commission, “euthanized on the track.” “Vanned off”? More industry sleight of hand.
The Commission has also released the names of two more dead horses from what it terms “non-racing” causes. On September 25 at Belmont, 2-year-old Sherlock’s Hope “developed acute severe laminitis in all four feet” and was presumably euthanized. Acute, severe, all four feet. The second of Sherlock’s two “career” starts came just 16 days before dying – but it’s “non-racing.”
On October 14, again at Belmont, 4-year-old Hold On Momma “suffered a severe case of colic.” Euthanized. She was last raced nine days prior.
This is horseracing.