The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 3-year-old Charlonique was killed while training at Belmont yesterday. She is the 26th dead racehorse at a NYRA track (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga) this year. But things are getting better, right? Oh, and the trainer? None other than “these are our children” Gary Contessa. Contessa, by the way, has now lost (at least) five of his children in the past 26 months – in NY alone.
Also yesterday, My Flying Dragon “flipped over on the blacktop in the barn area” at Finger Lakes, “suffered major head injury” and was euthanized. She was four and was last raced just a week prior.
This is horseracing.