Horse, Rider Killed at Churchill

New York Harbor, a yet-to-be-raced 2-year-old, broke down – both front legs, says the Daily Racing Form – at Churchill this morning and is dead. The rider, Odanis Acuna, was also killed in the fall.


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  1. There is every reason for horse racing to be banned, and this tragedy exemplifies why.
    If you compare the trainers at SeaWorld who were ordered to stay away from “unpredictable orcas that are too dangerous to work around” then there is no reason to continue working with unpredictable high strung, doped up racehorses either.
    In the case of SeaWorld direct contact was banned after the death of Dawn Brancheau compared to horse racing whose had many deaths over the years and nothing has ever been done.
    The analogy between the deaths of SeaWorld trainers vs the deaths of racehorse riders is NO different.
    It’s exactly the same reasons and that’s why OSHA needs to order this business shut down right away.
    Any investigation leading to this horrific tragedy will lead to absolutely nothing as all previous investigations have shown – they are only public wallpaper.
    There are absolutely no justifications to continue this Romanesque gladiator-style death camp – none.
    Shut these hell holes down now, and you can bet your bottom dollar that any Kentucky investigator will guard this business like Ft. Knox – absolutely vile.

    • But the life of any animal at SeaWorld is hellish. They greatly suffer from their abnormal confinement. Greatly shortened life expectancy. This is a cruel commercial enterprise.

      • The life of a racehorse is hellish as well.
        In fact, they too suffer from abnormal confinement 23 hours per day in a stall barely large enough for them to turn around.
        They often resort to chewing the stall walls and/or weaving.
        The majority of racehorses have ulcers directly due to the stress of this confinement and all the other inhumane things perpetrated on them by an industry who views them as nothing more than a $2 bet.
        They are isolated from other horses, which is completely contrary to their natural behavior as a herd animal.
        They are doped up, just like the orcas, to perform.
        It’s all the same thing only the victim is different.
        Horse racing like SeaWorld is a “cruel commercial enterprise.”

  2. 2 year olds and broken legs. These babies aren’t meant to be ridden or bred for that matter with those unnatural long legs. The jockey too?. Well so what!?. Hope the owners go to Hell.

  3. The ultimate questions are : how can a “sport” or “entertainment” or gambling justify the deaths of animals and humans in this day and age? How is this OK?

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