Three of America’s top-tier racetracks recorded kills yesterday:
In the 4th at Belmont, says Equibase, “Freeze the Account…took a tragic step at the three-sixteenths…bumping RUCKSACK solidly before staggering into GO LASSIE GO and slamming that rival into the rail and unfortunately had to be euthanized on track.”
“Staggered – slammed” – dead.
Freeze the Account, three, was coming off a two-month layoff after finishing some 30 lengths behind in a race at Aqueduct. Trainer/owner, George Weaver.
In the 8th at Gulfstream, “rider tried hard to get [Digits] pulled up but [he] fell, [was] injured and had to be euthanized on the track.” Digits was also three.
In the 10th at Santa Anita, Tiffany Diamond “took a bad step and was pulled up in distress,” before ultimately being “vanned off.” Her trainer, Michael Machowsky, confirms that the 4-year-old’s “distress” turned to dead. Of course, nothing of that sort appears on the Santa Anita website (or, for that matter, on any of the Racing websites); instead, the hype machine kicked into high for the arrival of Justify at the California track. It seems that the SI coverboy was flown from Kentucky earlier in the day and received a police escort from the airport. A police escort – while three more of his compatriots were in the process of being killed. Vile.