I have confirmed that Double Cabernet was euthanized after breaking down in the 8th at Gulfstream Monday. According to Equibase, the 3-year-old “went wrong and fell.” But the horror didn’t end there. After falling, she was “struck” by two other horses (both of whom “stumbled badly” and “DNF”). The final insult comes in the official Gulfstream replay. Not only is the kill whitewashed (no surprise there), but this is uttered by one of the announcers: “And the race marred by an incident.”

“Marred.” “Incident.” Vile.

The note for 3-year-old No Love Lost in the 8th at Laurel yesterday: “stalked the pace three wide, gained a slim lead between rivals near the quarter pole…sustained an injury soon past the eighth pole and was euthanized.” Dead. In his summation, the Equibase writer also notes that Marie From Parie “struck” the aforementioned and lost her rider. We see this empty horse, along with the other finishers, crossing the line in slow-motion on the official “Maryland Racing” YouTube channel. But that, coupled with the “Winner’s Circle” shot, is all they allowed us to see, the ugliness – that is, a horse breaking and dying – utterly washed away.

This is horseracing.

I have confirmed that Arunachala is dead after breaking down in the 5th at Santa Anita Friday. Arunachala was three years old; this was her fourth time under the whip.

Also, the NYS Gaming Commission reports that a horse named “Doc” died at Belmont Thursday “from impaction colic of approximately 4 days duration.” Four days. Horrific. At the time of his death, the Commission says, Doc “[was being] used as a pony.” And that’s that – made, used, killed. Horseracing.

In its latest Stewards Minutes, Golden Gate Fields reports three kills in five days:

In the 8th December 26, 3-year-old Into Kings “[was] pulled up but was later euthanized due to severity of injuries.”

In the 8th December 30, 3-year-old Pequena Maty “was pulled up and euthanized.”

Earlier that morning, 4-year-old Fervent Femme “was injured” while training – “euthanized later due to the severity of injury.”

Three dead horses in five days. For gambling. California, are you not better than this?

As I have previously stated, in the U.S. there are at least as many private training centers as open-to-the-public racetracks. Quite obviously, kills at those sites are typically beyond my reach. The result: scores of racehorses dying in anonymity. Every once in a while, though, a report surfaces because, invariably, the dead horse in question was worth a lot of money, was a star. This is the case with the Canadian horse Leavem in Malibu who, according to multiple (racing-press) sources, was killed while training at the Palm Meadows Center (Florida) Monday. The 4-year-old Graded-Stakes winner was in the States for Gulfstream’s upcoming $16 million – yes, $16 million – Pegasus World Cup. In light of that last part, the meaning behind trainer Mark Casse’s words is (despite what he’d like us to believe) impossible to miss: “I’m still in shock about it. It’s extremely sad and unfortunate” (Paulick Report).

This is horseracing.