Not to keep hammering away at this, but the goings-on at Santa Anita are simply too important to let die. As I’ve previously written, what’s happened there is no anomaly; in fact, it’s business as usual. Let’s just look at the past three fiscal years at Santa Anita, and I’ll even leave out the so-called non-racing casualties (even though to my mind they’re no less deserving of recognition – think Civil War soldier deaths – than the ones who snap legs out on the track). So, track-related kills only, Santa Anita Park:
July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 – 57
July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 – 54
July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 – 37
That’s 148 horses killed racing or training on the Santa Anita track over the past three years (not including, of course, the recent deaths). At all California tracks during this same period, 435 dead. Again, just on-track. Is this what is to pass for “progress” as cited by the Board chair in the most recent annual report?
But more to the point, where was (is) the outrage over those numbers, those dead horses? Where was (is) the national media (who at the moment is allowing itself to be distracted by Lasix)? The story here is that horseracing kills horses because said killing is built-in to what they do. And here’s why.