In the 9th at Keeneland, Bullards Alley “went wrong” and was subsequently euthanized. He was six; this was his 40th time under the whip.
In the 5th at Santa Anita, Ten Blessings “took a bad step” and was subsequently euthanized. He was five; this was his 8th time under the whip.
The above kills came in stakes races, worth $250,000 and $200,000, respectively. Hence, they garnered (Racing) press coverage, and social media was awash in “prayers and condolences” and repellent statements like this from Bullards’ trainer, Tim Glyshaw (on Twitter): “Bullard meant the world to us. He was a cool horse that always gave his all. He was our first horse to win graded races for us and a grade 1. No words can describe how I and my barn feel right now. RIP BULLARD”
This is horseracing.