From the most recent Stewards Minutes at Santa Anita:

January 18, 1st race – “#6 NOISE MANDATE ambulance removed post-race – euthanized.” Noise Mandate was two and under the whip for the very first time.

January 20, 8th race – “#4 AMBOSELI DNF – euthanized.” Amboseli was almost seven and under the whip for the 26th time.

January 21, 7th race – “#9 LIKE REALLY SMART DNF – euthanized.” Like Really Smart was two and under the whip for the second time.

January 21, 8th race – “#6 LAST PROMISE KEPT DNF – euthanized.” Last Promise Kept was four and under the whip for the 12th time.

That’s four dead horses in four days of racing at what is considered one of the nation’s premier tracks. How is this even remotely acceptable in the 21st Century? End it.

The end for a horse named Tommy T, yesterday, Aqueduct: “placed to a brisk hand ride springing from the gate, bobbled shortly afterwards, was switched to a rating hold and allowed to ease back, departed the backstretch from between opponents, suffered a fatal injury to the left front nearing the seven-sixteenths pole, was expertly pulled up before coming to the next station, then after being examined by the track veterinarian, was euthanized” (Equibase).

Killed – for gambling – but we should be grateful for the “expert” horsemanship of the (complicit) jockey. They’re playing us for fools, folks.

“For the second consecutive day, a turf stakes was marred by a fatal breakdown” – and so begins the Daily Racing Form’s coverage of “the [$100,000] Megahertz Stakes for fillies and mares” at Santa Anita yesterday. “Marred,” again. And, again, just a brief mention of the dead “athlete” amid a multi-paragraph article on the race. A truly remarkable capacity for compartmentalizing this Mr. Steve Andersen (the DRF’s writer in both cases) has. Yesterday’s victim: Last Promise Kept. She was four.

In Santa Anita’s most recent Stewards Minutes, two “fatalities” are noted for the week Jan 7-Jan 13. One we know is Derby Treasure; the other remains anonymous. Meanwhile, Golden Gate reports a training kill on the 11th – 5-year-old Defiantly.

California, end this madness.