Charles Town, again. Take Your Chances in the 8th last night, as relayed by Equibase: “suffered a fatal injury shortly after the start and had to be euthanized.” The 4-year-old is the third horse to be killed at the “Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races” this week. Which reminds, if you care about animals, if you do not wish to be a party to cruelty and murder, do not patronize racinos (combination racetrack/casino) like this one, for a seemingly innocent night at the slots or poker tables (without so much as a glance toward the racetrack) still goes to support this awful industry – indeed it’s the only thing keeping it alive in much of the U.S., including West Virginia. By all means, gamble if you’re so inclined – just not at racinos.

Say what you will about chartwriters (yes, they are very much a part of the industry), but at least the one(s) at Penn National is honest – brutally so. From yesterday:

race 3 – “MR. TALENT had the early lead while running in the two path, stopped at the three eighths pole and was whipped sixteen times in the stretch despite being well behind the next horse.” Mr. Talent finished last, 17 lengths back.

race 4 – “BOLD STROKE…was able to pass tired rivals down the lane while being hit by the whip eighteen times in the stretch. MY ONLY SUNSHINE…was taken up a bit at the seven sixteenths pole and faded steadily from there, was kept to task [was whipped] through the finish.” My Only Sunshine finished last, 17 lengths back.

race 6 – “SPEAKER JOHN…lacked a rally despite being hit by the whip seventeen times in the stretch.” Speaker John finished second-to-last.

This is horseracing.

Charles Town, again. In the 7th last night, Weekend Liberty “experienced a catastrophic injury approaching the three-eighths pole and was euthanized” (Equibase). Weekend Liberty was five; ’twas his 29th time under the whip.

Then this: In a single day (Monday) at Musselburgh Racecourse in Scotland, four – yes, four – horses were killed: Kensukes Kingdom, Sierra Oscar, Leather Belly, and Smart Ruler. Three, it appears, suffered “catastrophic” leg injuries, while one simply collapsed, indicating a cardiac issue of one kind or another. Robin Mounsey of the British Horseracing Authority had this to say (Independent):

“The incidents at Musselburgh were extremely distressing for everyone involved in the sport, not least for the owners of the horses and the trainers and stable staff who cared for them through their lives.”

Yes, thoughts and prayers to the people responsible for the kills. Obscene.

From the most recent Minutes at Los Alamitos…

November 23, race 1: “Maddie Jane’s Bay clipped the heels of Heaven In Her Eyes and fell after which Heaven In Her Eyes appeared to be injured and was pulled up. Heaven In Her Eyes was euthanized on the track.

November 23, race 4: “Rebel On The Run, while racing in the clear, was injured and fell. Fandarel Dancer could not avoid the fallen horse and also went down. Rebel On The Run was euthanized on the track.

November 25, race 9: “Holy Schnikes, while racing in the clear, appeared to become injured, and fell. Holy Schnikes was euthanized on the track.

November 25, race 13: “Special Walk, while racing in the clear, appeared to suffer an injury. Special Walk was euthanized on the track.

Yes, that’s right, four kills – all in plain view – in two days. Californians, end this barbarity:

Heaven in Her Eyes, 2/21/15-11/23/18
Rebel On the Run, 5/14/15-11/23/18
Holy Schnikes, 1/23/16-11/25/18
Special Walk, 4/11/16-11/25/18

The 4th at Charles Town last night, as relayed by Equibase: “STELLA NOVA…rounded the turn off the rail, steadily progressed through the stretch to get up at the wire but was fatally injured shortly past the wire and had to be euthanized.” The good news, she “won” – banking $15,000 for her people before dying. Vile.

2-year-old La Relampago’s “result” in the 2nd at Mahoning yesterday: “settled early, angled out in the stretch, took a bad step eased and was euthanized” (Equibase).

“took a bad step…and was euthanized.” For gambling.

The latest Minutes from Del Mar disclose two “deceased” racehorses for Nov 26-Dec 2. We know one is Tribal Ann on Saturday; the other, however, remains anonymous.