When the NYS Gaming Commission disclosed the death of Hyde Park Express from a training collision at Belmont October 31, no word was given on the condition of the other horse. Now we learn that he, too, is dead. 3-year-old Elite Kid, says the Commission, was initially sent to Ruffian (Equine Hospital) but euthanized November 11 “after no improvement.” NY, by the way, stands at 111 dead racehorses on the year.
Then this: The website “Thoroughbred Champions” reports that yesterday a horse named Salientito became the latest Puerto Rico horse to die in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. (According to the group “Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare,” as of October 29 the Maria death count was “at least 33.”) Salientito was 10 years old and had been under the whip a shocking 125 times (all at PR’s only racetrack, Camarero). 125. And, apparently, only retired because of the hurricane. In other words, more abuse was coming. As it is, he died horribly – according to the poster, “chronic laminitis, ulcers, anemia & a host of other issues.” Yes, horribly: Salientito, below.