Charles Town, again. In the 7th last night, Weekend Liberty “experienced a catastrophic injury approaching the three-eighths pole and was euthanized” (Equibase). Weekend Liberty was five; ’twas his 29th time under the whip.
Then this: In a single day (Monday) at Musselburgh Racecourse in Scotland, four – yes, four – horses were killed: Kensukes Kingdom, Sierra Oscar, Leather Belly, and Smart Ruler. Three, it appears, suffered “catastrophic” leg injuries, while one simply collapsed, indicating a cardiac issue of one kind or another. Robin Mounsey of the British Horseracing Authority had this to say (Independent):
“The incidents at Musselburgh were extremely distressing for everyone involved in the sport, not least for the owners of the horses and the trainers and stable staff who cared for them through their lives.”
Yes, thoughts and prayers to the people responsible for the kills. Obscene.