As I have previously stated, in the U.S. there are at least as many private training centers as open-to-the-public racetracks. Quite obviously, kills at those sites are typically beyond my reach. The result: scores of racehorses dying in anonymity. Every once in a while, though, a report surfaces because, invariably, the dead horse in question was worth a lot of money, was a star. This is the case with the Canadian horse Leavem in Malibu who, according to multiple (racing-press) sources, was killed while training at the Palm Meadows Center (Florida) Monday. The 4-year-old Graded-Stakes winner was in the States for Gulfstream’s upcoming $16 million – yes, $16 million – Pegasus World Cup. In light of that last part, the meaning behind trainer Mark Casse’s words is (despite what he’d like us to believe) impossible to miss: “I’m still in shock about it. It’s extremely sad and unfortunate” (Paulick Report).
This is horseracing.