“The horse was sweating badly and something running out of his mouth” – The Sad Death of Nacimientos Clasic

In reviewing the FOIA documents from New Mexico, I came upon this Zia Park “Security Incident Report” for a 2-year-old horse named Nacimientos Clasic:

9/5, 1:35 a.m., “While on patrol was passing barn V, noticed a loose horse walking along the stable gates. The horse lay down and was not moving. After a few minutes, he got up and went around to barn V. George was able to get a lead rope on the horse. Then the horse went down again. The horse was sweating badly and something running out of his mouth. The horse got back up after 5-6 mins and George led him into stable. The horse’s front feet kept trying to buckle under him.”

Next report, 8 a.m.: “horse died during night” – with no indication of euthanasia.

Empathy, says Webster’s, is “the identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, etc., of another.” Imagine, for a moment, the terror of this poor child. In pain, in distress – no mother to comfort him, no herd for support. Left, by the humans who created him, to die. Alone. How profoundly sad. How horseracing.

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  1. Absolutely sickening. Damn this industry.

    Nacimientos Clasic – I would have cherished you. And of the few hopes I hold on to, one is that you’re enjoying a meadow and sunshine…with your own herd…somewhere.

  2. What a heartless world earth has become! No compassion for gods creation. I wonder if this person would have done the same thing if it had been there father or mother.

  3. HOW DARE THEY SAY THEY GIVE THE BEST TO THERE HORSES LEAVING THIS HORSE TO DIE ALONE IN PAIN WHEN WILL THE WORLD OPEN THERE EYES TO THE REAL CRUELTY IN HORSE RACING VILE UNCARING INDUSTRY 😡😡😢😢😢

  4. I’m appalled that the security personnel let this horse suffer and struggle instead of calling an emergency vet to come see the horse. One would think, as a race track – they should have protocols in place, in case security finds a horse during their night rounds that is clearly ill, and to be able to contact someone to come see it. So much for horses being the main concern in racing.

    • Yes, SD, my thoughts, exactly..
      The cruelty is unimaginable.
      How racing apologists can even entertain the thought that horses are treated well is ridiculous.
      There are many questions re what happened to that unfortunate horse such as how he got loose; what was draining from his mouth.; did he have drugs on board….. These questions will go unanswered because nobody in the game cares and there is no oversight.
      Sad and outrageous.

  5. Nacimientos Clasic (NC) – so sorry for you.
    Yet another victim of this vile business.
    The scenario leading up to his death is not only despicable, but suspicious as well.
    According to Equibase NC had no official workouts or starts.
    If this is accurate, then it seems that he was just shipped in.
    Furthermore, the secrecy surrounding this entire business ensures that “investigations” are mere public wallpaper and nothing comes out of them.
    We, nor the public, will probably never know what this drainage was, and it could be anything from a communicable equine disease to substances forced into this horse for whatever reason.
    Not even DYING or KILLING of racehorses is considered abnormal – that’s how egregious, evil, and horrific this business is.
    I so hope that a tornado wipes out most racetracks in North America.
    A natural disaster seems like the only way to get rid of these hell holes.
    Then stop electing in politicians whose palms are greased by this industry.
    It’s time to hold politicians accountable for their support of this legitimized animal cruelty.
    That day is coming, and when their financial support is severed this industry will drop dead in the dirt just like the racehorses.

    • Yes, Gina, no official workouts or starts and no owner/trainer listed. Lots of unknowns.
      Racing gets away with criminal activity that anybody outside the business would be held accountable for..

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