From the most recent Los Alamitos Stewards Minutes: “Post-time favorite Bookofmatches locked up behind and bobbled badly with an eighth of a mile before the finish [of the 5th race July 14]…humanely euthanized.” Bookofmatches was two; this was her fourth time under the whip.
In the very next race that day, Jockey Cesar Franco “used his riding crop ten consecutive times in the final eighty yards.” The “rule” in California, of course, is no more than three lashes in succession “without giving the horse a chance to respond.” For striking his horse TEN straight times, Franco was fined but $100 – and this was his second offense within 60 days. Wow, but not really.
The following week, the Los Alamitos stewards declare, “one equine death was reported due to racing injuries.” That dead animal, however, was left unidentified.
This is horseracing.