The Broken, Bleeding, and Dead – Just Another American-Racing Saturday

Saturday at the races…

In the 1st at Parx, Giles Fair “went wrong before a half mile then was euthanized.” Giles Fair was five; this was his 32nd time under the whip.

You’re a Daisy “broke down” in the 2nd at Los Alamitos; “broke down,” for those who may not know, is racing-speak for dead.

And then this:

I Miss My Father “vanned off” after the 7th at Aqueduct
New Moon “vanned off” after the 8th at Aqueduct
The Player “vanned off” after the 8th at Fair Grounds
Sorcerer’s Appeal “vanned off” after the 13th at Fair Grounds
Atizapan “fell while injured” in the 4th at Gulfstream, “vanned off”
Sokudo “plowed into fallen horse” (see above) in the 2nd at Los Alamitos, “DNF”
Ferarri Lx “bled” in the 2nd at Remington
Tf Carters Kick “vanned off” after the 5th at Remington
Carrie “vanned off” after the 10th at Santa Anita
Midnight Gambler “vanned off” after the 1st at Sunland

For entertainment. For gambling. Insanity.

(source: Equibase)

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  1. I hope the racing commission sees the horror for these poor horses and all for their owner’ greed. I see the US Horse Racing Commission meets in early April. It is a SHAME THEY ONLE MEET FOR 30’minuts to discuss the welfare of horses.

    • WHERE EVERY SINGLE ANIMAL ATHLETE IS ON COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF DRUGS ( BETWEEN 2-6 DIFFERENT DRUGS IN EVERY HORSES VEINS THAT GO POSTWARD ) THIS WOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED IN HUMAN ATHLETES- WHY IN THE ANIMALS? LASIX ( A POWERFUL DIURETIC ), 10 CC’S OF LASIX IS ALLOWED AND IS THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF LASIX GIVEN TO THESE ANIMALS, THEY DO NOT HAVE ANNOUNCE OF FLUID LEFT IN THEIR BODIES TO RACE WITH WITH THAT AMOUNT OF A DIURETIC IN THEIR VEINS , THEY PISS EVERY SINGLE OUNCE OF FLUID OUT PRE-RACE , THEN ARE WHIPPED TO THE FINISH LINE ON 95 DEGREE DAYS – WHAT THEY DO TO THESE HORSES IS HORRIFYING . THE VETS TAKE AN OPOATH TO PROTECT THESE ANIMALS THEN GO FILL THEIR BODIES UP WITH ALL KINDS OF DIURETICS, PAIN KILLERS. ANTI INFLAMITORIES, INJECT STEROIDS INTO THEIR JOINTS SO THEY CANT FEEL THE PAIN – THESE ARE CRIMINALS – NOT VETERINARIANS, THEY ARE CRIMINALS WHO SHOULD BE IN JAIL – THE WELFARE OF THE HORSES ULTIMATELY LAYS IN THEIR HANDS

  2. By getting these updates I stay motivated to be against the horse breeding and the racing of horses. I think there are good people who would get out of this if they knew, the extent of the suffering and pain
    For myself I keep track of jockey deaths in my head. The jockeys push these horses too hard. during the running of the races. The turns are not designed to keep the horses healthy The turn puts extra stress on their knees and ankles. I think,. Some day this will end I hope so anyway,

  3. Sorry … I use to soothe my inner indecisiveness and innocence with those thoughts 💭 too…’these are generally good people that just don’t realize or know what they do…’but then I leased an Off-The-Track-Thoroughbred, for one year…he was considered a “warrior” of the racing game; a survivor of the claims…he finally couldn’t make it anywhere, anymore (really he was in so much pain he wouldn’t/couldn’t run anymore)… when I got him he’d been let down for six-months by being thrown out in a Michigan pasture…my farrier discovered that he’d had mildly foundered due to being thrown out in the pasture after being taken directly off the race track! So for the first six months I worked with shoes/diet/vet care chiropractor care and very expensive board; and my conscience because I loved this horse 🐴…plus re-training costs … but ultimately; his lameness and arthritis issues were so damaging…plus mentally; I don’t know what happened to this poor horse 🐎 during his racing career; but he truly needed super supportive attention that cost me a whole bunch of money after it…I had the ability to give him the time, the right supportive attention; but unfortunately my money support left me (my husband) and I had to return him to the original leaser at the end of the lease agreement…broke my heart 💔 This person I had leased him from has been reported on here in 2015 (I believe) as running a horse 🐎 and it dying on the track… she regularly races and deals in selling off the track thoroughbreds…when I returned him she cruelly cut all contacts with me so I have no idea 💡 what happened to him… I so desperately wanted to keep tabs on him; possibly attempt to make a way for him to a better retirement; I just needed a little time…well, I guess I digressed…people involved in the racing industry do know what they are doing…from the jockeys; the groomers; the barn managers; the trainers; the owners; the track organization, the public who participates and veterinarians…etc., especially when horses 🐎 are dying daily in front of their faces 😳 In the Moral book 📖 of code I live by this is considered blood guilty behavior… and the day will arrive when each will individually have to answer for these crimes not only against humanity but against God’s creation. 😢

  4. Some comments suggest that this industry needs greater oversight, and seem to imply that the racing commissions will change to protect the racehorses – WRONG.
    Nobody in this business, that supports/participates and/or derives a living from it will change things to improve the slave conditions for the racehorses.
    Simply put – they can’t because the daily operations of doping, running when sore, intense confinement, maiming, dumping, and/or dying are all inherent in horse racing.
    There’s only one way to get rid of this money, cruelty, death, and corruption pit – SHUT IT DOWN.
    It’s going to take educating the public, exposing the truth behind the fancy hat “love to run” image, and voting in politicians who will FINALLY end their subsidies (casino profits, taxpayers money, tax breaks, corporate welfare).
    Furthermore, they can get all the money in the world, but with no racing fans, and nobody going into this business, that translates to nothing other than a total waste of precious taxpayers dollars, a total waste of racehorse and jockey lives.
    At the end of the day all this vile business has are maimed and/or dead racehorses piling up on their tracks or at the slaughterhouse where many end up.
    VILE.

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