As Justify Receives Hero’s Welcome, Three More Horses Killed – Belmont, Gulfstream, Santa Anita

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.

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  1. “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.”

    Freeze the Account did not take a “tragic step” as Equibase would like people to believe. This magnificent thoroughbred broke down and died. Difficult to say so for sure, but it looked like a fore limb injury. The last time FTA raced he came home a distance of 30 lengths… the red flag is raised. Two months off rests the horse but it most certainly doesn’t fix a health issue which this horse most likely had, given his concerning last performance at Aqueduct. Typical trainer/owner practice – they just put them in a paddock (well, i hope FTA went into a paddock and not kept in a stall) and that solves the problem?

    No rules in place to protect the horse. And the racing industry continues to permit horses, like FTA, to race when clearly he had displayed that he wasn’t up to the task.

    The sickening cruel deaths continue……..

  2. I used to love horseracing. However , now over the course of time seeing horses and jockeys injured and killed, I have to abstain . I still get tempted to bet, but I”m resisting the urge. It’s a shame.

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