Second Horse Dies From Belmont Collision on Halloween; Another Horse Dies in Wake of Maria

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.


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  1. One hundred and eleven (111) racehorses have died in New York state in just over 10 months… this for real?
    One hundred and thirty-seven (137) racehorses died in Australia in one year.
    The tally for one state in the USA compares with that of the whole of Australia.
    This is unbelievable.
    As we know, both these numbers are deaths of horses that have been officially reported and disclosed by the industry. Rest assured, the true number of deaths is far greater.
    Utterly unacceptable.

    • Sadly – as of the end of September- Ohio was sitting at 37 deaths – 32 thoroughbreds and 5 Standardbreds. And of course, we know there have been quite a few since then, especially with the horrible first few days of the mahoning season.

  2. The PP’s for Salientito is another example of blatant racehorse abuse.
    This poor gelding labored the hard way.
    He was what this vile business refers to as a “cheap claimer,” but it’s these “cheap claimers” that carry this business on their bones, and backs.
    It’s these “cheap claimers” whom, collectively, generate billions in wagering profits.
    By the way, it’s these “cheap claimers,” that people in the industry often call RATS!
    Most all run sore.
    Most all are likely suffering often denied the medical care that they so desperately need.
    When this vile business is done exploiting, abusing, and maiming them – most are DUMPED if they make it out alive.
    While this business continually bragged about their BILLIONS in sales, and wagering profits while racehorses like Camarero were slowly dying from starvation, and lack of medical care.
    To all you industry supporters: you are much lower than these “cheap claimers” or “rats” could ever be.
    Just look at these pics!
    Salientito is ONE of many, and his condition is disgusting.
    How dare you claim to “love” and “care” for racehorses?!
    You are lower than the dirt that they drop dead in.
    Salientito I will not let you die in vain like the scums, and the industry who are directly responsible for doing this.

  3. So many horses dying in this industry…so many. How can anyone justify those deaths? – it just boggles my mind. Elite Kid, just 3 years old. A chestnut – I visualize him to make his life and death more “real” and not just words in this blog. He was raced 10 times – still a maiden. Raced in Florida and New York, two owners in only 6 months. Only 3. Lives his last 11 days with injuries so severe they necessitated euthanasia. Makes me sick. Elite Kid’s death doesn’t matter to the apologists. Most, I’m sure, don’t want to hear about it.

    And the racehorses in Puerto Rico? – poor Salientito (in the photos) looks good compared to photos of others I’ve seen. Pity the racehorses who get sent down to that hell. Here are tweets from an individual from the CTA; “4y G you bred EXCLUSIVE [sic] STARSHIP survived Hurricane Maria, but needs help [CTA] asked 2 find retirement.” Then this; “0 retirement opportunities for TBs in PR right now. Equine Vet Surgeon said he has chronic arthritis front L fetlock. Any help appreciated.” Four days after that last tweet, this; “[Sad] 2 report ELUSIVE STARSHIP euthanized yesterday. Tho had fetlock issue, main reason current & past connections didn’t respond, offer help.”

    CURRENT AND PAST CONNECTIONS DIDN’T RESPOND, OFFER HELP. Not one bit shocking. Elusive Starship, only 4 years old as of this past April. Chronic arthritis…as a FOUR year old – that’s the equivalent of a 12 or 13-year-old boy. The dark bay gelding was raced 29 times in his short life. His first 7 starts, Florida tracks for owners Burton Butker and Anita Hicken. Butker and Hicken unloaded Elusive Starship after his 7th race for them – sent him to Puerto Rico. And turned their backs on him. Now he’s dead.

    Typical behavior on behalf of people in this industry.
    This PR rescue group started posting SOS tweets immediately after the hurricane.
    At that point, most racehorses (except for 4) could have been saved!
    Yet, during their cries for help Keenland, Fasig-Tipton were all over the Paulick Report boasting about their BILLION dollar sales profits, and so were the wagering companies!
    A disgusting bunch of irresponsible, heartless, greedy, racehorse abusers!
    In order to support and/or participate in this industry you would have to be deliberately delusional to see all this going on, and continue to support it.
    All of these individuals/companies that make their living off the bones, and backs of these racehorses STAND DOWN when they are in peril, when they are standing at kill auctions, and when they are in this situation.
    Their silence is their guilt, and their inaction is unacceptable.
    Yet, they continue to breed, and breed with no mandatory contribution to put aside for these racehorses that they are directly responsible for dumping.
    This blog has been instrumental in educating people, and providing facts about what this industry is about.
    That 2 minute thrill of jumping up and down for your stupid bets translates into a living being being exploited, dumped, and killed.
    This is what your supporting!
    Your $2 bet is equally responsible for every single racehorse that died, some slowly suffering, due to lack of response from this multi-billion dollar industry.
    This is a demented, and abusive industry that is conducted under the guise of “entertainment.”
    Ask yourself this: is racehorses being maimed, dropping dead in the dirt, being dumped at kill auctions, dying on the slaughterhouse floor, slowly suffering while being confined in a stall with no food, water or bedding as we see in Puerto Rico – is this what you consider “entertainment?”

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