Del Mar Darling, according to multiple sources, is dead after breaking down in the 4th at Santa Anita yesterday. She was two; this was her third time under the whip. Equibase writes: “The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run into the far turn before ruling DEL MAR DARLING broke down on her own.” Steve Andersen of the Daily Racing Form relays: “accident mars fourth race.” To kill animals for $2 bets is bad enough; to be so casual and callous about it, even worse.
Later in the American racing day, in the 7th at Charles Town, Industry Leader “bobbled…was immediately eased and euthanized on the track” (Equibase). Industry Leader was approaching his 10th anniversary of servitude; this was his 56th race. Moral: young, old, it matters not – the racing kill-machine doesn’t discriminate.
Also, I have confirmed that Oversized was euthanized after being “vanned off” in the 7th at Mahoning January 10. ‘Twas his 49th race.
Then this: The NYS Gaming Commission has disclosed the deaths of three racehorses at that state’s tracks, all from what they term “non-racing” causes. Regardless, they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.
Steve’s Image, January 7, Belmont – “horse died in stall from apparent colic.” No mention of euthanasia. Imagine that. Steve’s Image was four and had been raced 23 times, most recently December 22.
Dragon Dread, February 14, Monticello – “found deceased in barn stall this morning.” Dragon Dread’s last race came on January 25.
Ladies Day, February 16, Belmont – “filly was recumbent and could not rise – euthanized the following day.” Ladies Day was three, last race January 13.
This, folks, is horseracing.