Equibase’s account of the 4th at Laurel yesterday: “SHE’S STUNNING was pulled up in the opening furlong, sustained a catastrophic injury and was euthanized on the track.” Gone. Dead. She’s Stunning was four; she was under the whip for the 33rd time.
The NYS Gaming Commission reports this for 3-year-old Catpsalm at Belmont Tuesday: “euthanized due to poor prognosis for presumptive [equine protozoal myeloencephalitis].” Catpsalm had been raced once, at Aqueduct in December.
The most recent Stewards Minutes at Santa Anita report five – yes, five – “fatalities” for the week Jan 21-Jan 27. We know two; the other three, however, remain unidentified. In the past two editions of the Minutes, covering the 14th to the 27th, Santa Anita claims eight dead racehorses – eight, in just two weeks. Imagine that.