As I alluded to in my Saturday post, the keywords “kill breeders’ cup (derby, preakness, triple crown)” bring many – multiple thousands of – new visitors to this site. My hope is that after the big event has faded, they return here to see horseracing stripped bare, to see it as it is practiced for the other 360-odd days of the year. To see the unremitting cruelty – the killing that never subsides. Yesterday, the day after the 2017 Breeders’ Cup came to a close, two tracks reported two kills each. Two, and two.
In the 5th at Parx, says Equibase, 6-year-old Groupthink “broke down leaving the turn then was euthanized.” Two races later, 8-year-old Golden Glint “broke down nearing the three furlong grounds and was euthanized.” In the 3rd at Turf, 3-year-old La Moneda was “post-race euthanized.” Four races later, Sooner Boomer, also three, “was pulled up in distress entering the lane and euthanized.”
That’s four dead racehorses at two tracks in a single American day. I wonder where those who have just recently celebrated another glorious Breeders’ Cup are. The silence – their silence – is deafening.