From Equibase’s account of the 4th at Mahoning yesterday: “BARBWIREBILLY no speed early on, went wrong at the half, pulled up in distress and euthanized on the track and vanned off.” Euthanized, then “vanned off.” Of course – how else to remove a half-ton dead animal? Barbwirebilly was five and under the whip for the 44th time.
The stewards at Golden Gate report this from the 1st January 26: “I Dream Of Bugsy was injured…and was later euthanized due to the severity of the injury.” ‘Twas the 4-year-old’s fourth race; his three previous: a combined 55+ lengths back.
In Santa Anita’s most recent minutes, the stewards report one “fatality” for the week January 22-January 28. The dead horse, alas, remains unidentified.
This is horseracing.