There were at least five kills on U.S. tracks yesterday. (I say at least because multiple others were “vanned off” and many if not most of them will surface as dead when I begin filing my FOIA reports in January. In addition, there were surely some training deaths that would not be reflected here.)
First, at Laurel, two – In the 3rd, says Equibase, “STRAIGHT TEQUILA…sustained an injury and fell galloping out then was euthanized.” She was three.
Three races later, “RUBYS FIRE…collapsed about a sixteenth of a mile out and was euthanized on the track.” She, too, was three.
In the 5th at Penn, “PUT IT FORWARD…suffered an injury at the seven sixteenths pole and was quickly pulled up, was vanned off and euthanized.” Put It Forward was eight and this was his 56th time under the whip – just another beaten-into-the-ground claimer (worth a mere $4,000 the day he died).
In the 6th at Charles Town, “PENNSYLTUCKY LILLY broke down shortly after the start and was euthanized.” ‘Twas the filly’s first race.
In the 2nd at Saratoga Harness, according to the Gaming Commission, Panchester United “fractured [his] pastern” – euthanized. He was eight.
Defend that, racing fans.