This from Equibase’s account of the 2nd yesterday at Aqueduct: “HY BRASIL…took a bad step in deep stretch…stumbled…then was euthanized afterwards.” In fact, the 3-year-old colt was euthanized right there on the track. The Gaming Commission has filed this one in the “fatal musculo-sketal injury” file.
Also, the stewards at Golden Gate report this (November 5): “Thermodynamics flipped over backwards after exercising when getting a bath and hit her head on the ground…euthanized due to injuries suffered.” Yes, yes, this could have happened anywhere – or so say the apologists. But it didn’t; it happened at a racetrack to a racehorse who was being prepped and handled in between races. If Racing was wholly responsible for Thermodynamics’ existence, which it was, then it follows that it is wholly responsible for her now nonexistence. Industry casualty defined. (That said, this, like all similar deaths, will not appear on my Killed list as that is strictly reserved for track-related – racing/training – fatalities.)