Biz Boss, two, is dead after breaking down while training at Saratoga yesterday morning. She is the sixth horse to die on those hallowed grounds this summer. She is also the second kill for trainer Gary Contessa since he declared (in response to our Saratoga protest) that his horses are like “his children.”
Also at Saratoga: In the 6th race, “SILENCIA…knocked heads with rival…stopped while being eased through to the finish, then was attended to by veterinarian appearing in heat distress for several minutes…” Yesterday’s conditions in the Saratoga region, incidentally, were oppressive. In the 10th race, “HUSTLE N HEART dragged into the starting gate, was hung out four wide on the turn, tired after going a half” (Equibase).
“dragged into the starting gate”
Finally, Ruidoso had six – yes, six – horses “vanned off” the track yesterday, two for “bleeding.” All the races there were “Futurity Trials” for two-year-olds. Imagine that.