On one of Racing’s high holy days, this…
In the 6th at Santa Anita, Fast Munny “fell near the finish” – officially (Equibase), “vanned off.” Multiple sources, however, have the 5-year-old dead from a “cardiac event.” That’s heart failure – for a still-pubescent animal.
In the 8th at Gulfstream, not-yet-three Dreaming of Jo Jo “broke down”; “broke down” is this industry’s euphemism of choice for dead.
In addition, several other horses were “vanned off” at tracks across the country, including three at Gulfstream (one in the same race that felled Dreaming). It’s a good bet that at least one of them is dead.
Also yesterday, the NYS Gaming Commission disclosed this for Terry O Geri at Belmont Friday: “found dead in stall two days after having colic surgery.” The 4-year-old was last raced at Aqueduct in March.
Ignore the Justify hype. Horseracing, at its core, is a killing machine. It’s awful and wicked, and must be stopped.