According to the Equibase writer, Waya Ed “clipped heels, fell, and was vanned off” in the 7th at Santa Anita yesterday afternoon. In fact, he is dead – euthanized, BloodHorse relays, for “severe injuries, including a fracture in his right hind leg.” (This publication, as well as the other industry rags, reported on the kill only because this was a $200,000 stakes race; otherwise, we would not have heard a peep.)
And – the New York Post reports that “a raging blaze killed 28 harness-racing horses early Saturday” at the Mount Hope Training Center in NY. Apparently, the horses had just returned from racing at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania. From the article:
“We could not save one horse,” according to a worker, who identified himself only as Saur. “They are all dead.” Saur said he could see – and hear – the horses’ agony. “They were crying like babies. They are like humans…This is killing me.” Another worker had the grim task of spray painting numbers on the charred carcasses.
Let me be as crystal-clear as possible here: If not for horseracing, those animals would not have been at that place, at that time (indeed, they would never have even existed). In other words, this ugly, miserable industry is wholly responsible for each and every one of those “charred carcasses” – and the unfathomable “agony” that went before. And just when you think these people couldn’t be any more abhorrent, the Paulick Report, after noting that “no humans were injured in the fire,” added this: “a GoFundMe account has been set up to support the trainers.” Imagine that.