Mahoning Valley Race Course has notched another death. In the 4th yesterday, Troublewithatee “went bad,” says Equibase, and was euthanized on the track. The 3-year-old is the ninth horse killed at this track in the first quarter of 2018. Wake up, Ohio; stop subsidizing this brutality with slots revenue (and yes, even if you just go to play the “Video Lottery Terminals” at Mahoning you are still very much supporting the racing industry, and with it, the killing).
Also yesterday, Mourinho, two, is dead after breaking while practicing at Santa Anita. We know because he was a stakes winner and had “earned” almost $180,000 in only five races. Oh, and he also went for a cool $625,000 at Ocala last year. So, the racing rags covered it. Says trainer Bob Baffert in the Daily Racing Form: “It’s terrible. He was going easily…when he took a bad step. Up and down, every day. It’s a shame.” Yes, a shame – think of all that money lost. Baffert, by the way, wasn’t there (his assistant was covering); he was in Florida – looking at this year’s 2-year-old crop.
And from Sunday: After being put in a “protective hold” and “vanned off” in the 2nd at Aqueduct, Motown Sound, the Gaming Commission announced, was euthanized for a broken leg. He was four. That makes two days in a row for Aqueduct.