The first – and last – race for 2-year-old Tell You What, as described by the Equibase writer: “TELL YOU WHAT…came under coaxing past the three-eighths…suffered a catastrophic injury swinging five to six wide into upper stretch and fell heavily to the track and unfortunately had to be euthanized on track.” “Unfortunately.” For Belmont Park, this makes it 22 sacrificed on the year. 22 dead animals – for gambling.

Here is NYRA’s official replay. Watch as this equine babe “falls heavily” to the track…

A few minutes later, a celebration for the “winner” – as Tell You What is being injected with the pentobarbital solution that will end his life…

Vile to the core.

For the second time in a week, an active racehorse has been felled by “colic without resolution” at Finger Lakes. According to the Gaming Commission, Field Sense, six, was “humanely euthanized” yesterday – a mere six days after he brought up the rear in a $5,000 claiming race at that same track. Owner/trainer, Kevin McCarthy.

I have also confirmed that Lazy Daisy May is indeed dead after “[taking] a bad step, falling” and being “vanned off” at Mountaineer Wednesday. She was seven; ’twas her 51st time under the whip.

Finally, this from Equibase for the 5th at Penn last night: “ARCTIC MIA broke in the air…bore out on the turn while falling back, was put to whip through the lame [sic] despite appearing lame, pulled up shortly after the wire and was vanned off.” “Put to whip despite appearing lame.” Abuser atop, Stephanie Sheroski.

This is horseracing.

And they keep dying. Saratoga Race Course claimed its 13th victim of 2018 with the training kill of St. Barts Saturday. Officially, this one goes down as one of those proverbial “cardiac events”: “collapsed while galloping on training track.” St. Barts was two – on the maturation scale, the rough equivalent of a 1st grader. “Collapsed” and died. But worry not, for the Gaming Commission vows to “investigate.”

The Saratoga 13:

Presumptuous, July 7
Heartspoke, July 25
Macho Citizen, July 28
Frosty Gal, August 1
Master Manipulator, August 6
Biz Boss, August 17
Indifference, August 20
Bowie, August 26
Royal Blessing, September 4
Business Expense, September 13
Hard Study, September 16 (euthanized September 18)
Forbade, September 24
St. Barts, October 6