In reporting on another Kiaran McLaughlin-trained horse, the Daily Racing Form had this: “Meanwhile, McLaughlin said that Takaful, the winner of last year’s Grade 1 Vosburgh, was euthanized earlier this year due to an injury suffered following routine surgery. McLaughlin said Takaful underwent surgery on a hock, and when he tried to get up in recovery, he took a bad step and suffered a fracture that proved fatal.”
Takaful was four and was last under the whip in January. The DRF, of course, saw this as newsworthy because – and only because – Takaful was a very successful racehorse as measured by the kind of races he ran (“stakes”), where they took place (Saratoga, Del Mar), and, most important of all, his “career earnings” (almost $500,000).
This is horseracing.