In the 4th at Louisiana Downs yesterday afternoon, Stella’s Honor, says Equibase, “was pulled up entering the drive and euthanized.” Dead. Two races back on May 5, the 3-year-old Alex De Beauville-trained/owned filly won but was subsequently “disqualified due to a positive test.” In between, on June 25, she finished second-to-last, 17+ lengths back. Draw your own conclusions.
The NYS Gaming Commission reports that David’s Elaine, four, “broke down while racing” at Finger Lakes Saturday and was “euthanized on the track.” The chartwriter, however, was either distracted or just plain dishonest, as his note simply said, “pulled up midway around and then was vanned off.” Yes, “vanned off” – already dead.
Also from the Gaming Commission, we have our first kill of the summer at hallowed Saratoga Race Course: 5-year-old Presumptuous “sustained closed fractures” while training Saturday, “[was] ambulanced to Rood and Riddle [and] subsequently euthanized.” Saratoga, you might recall, notched 21 victims last year – their most since the Gaming Commission began disclosing such things in 2009. Off and running.