The chart (Equibase) line for Read the Dream in the 7th this afternoon at Aqueduct: “…took some bad steps approaching the three-sixteenths marker, was pulled up in short order, then was subsequently euthanized” (on-track, as it turns out).

Incidentally, Read’s “bad steps” in the stretch were conveniently left out of camera view on the official NYRA replay; the track announcer uttered not a single word of them. Worse still, as one horse lay dying – awaiting “the pink” – another was being feted in the “Winner’s Circle.”

This is horseracing. (race 7)

The Daily Racing Form reports that “3-year-old Saint’s Fan came back lame from a Friday workout at Fair Grounds, was diagnosed with a fractured cannon bone…and had to be euthanized.” Apparently, says the DRF, “the fracture ran down the cannon bone all the way to the sesamoid.” Normally, the racing press can’t be bothered with training kills, but this, as the paper highlights, was a “stakes-winning” colt. Of course.

On Saturday, there were at least three more deaths, two at the same track. In the 4th at Oaklawn, 3-year-old Poised ‘n Ready went down and was euthanized (DRF). At Gulfstream, 3-year-old Saratoga Citizen “fell and was vanned off” (Equibase) in the 10th; she, too, was subsequently euthanized (three separate sources). Three races later, 2-year-old Huracan Americo “broke down” and was “put down humanly” (Miami Herald). Fortunately, the paper notes, “his jockey escaped injury.”

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This is horseracing.