Dead in NY: Cash Poor, Overdraft

Two racehorses died yesterday at New York tracks, according to that state’s gaming commission. Cash Poor “collapsed and died after finishing fourth in [the] fourth race” at Saratoga Harness. He was ten years old and had just been raced six days prior. Overdraft, three, “was euthanized for a fractured pelvis” at Belmont. The Commission calls this one “non-racing” because the fracture occurred back on April 13 in, supposedly, her stall. However, Overdraft was raced that day, so perhaps this is faulty information. Either way, she is dead and likely suffered unnecessarily for seven weeks.

This is horseracing.

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  1. If Overdraft raced on April 13 and they say that that was when the pelvic fracture occurred, then the stress on jumping out of the gates was highly likely the cause. Having investigated hundreds of racehorse deaths for over 10 years, the cases involving the pelvic fractures occurred on jumping out, some horses would take a couple of strides, some would travel on a bit further and one in particular a 3 year old colt travelled on for quite a while. This colt’s trainer also trained Black Caviar who also ran the same day – the following day it was announced that BC would be retired. Did the sickening breakdown of this baby concern the owners of BC? I hope it did.
    One can only guess that radiographs were taken of Overdraft revealing that she suffered a fractured pelvis on April 13. It appears that it might have been a fracture that could be remedied with time off and treatment but in my experience such cases take at least 12 months before the horse can race again. And some connections then decide that it’s still too great a risk of the horse breaking down.
    Overdraft is raced about 7 weeks after the pelvic fracture diagnosis and would’ve been in work in the lead up to the race. I hate to think of her suffering.
    And New York Gaming Commission has the audacity to declare that this young filly’s death was a “NON-RACING” death?

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