The NYS Gaming Commission has just announced the death of three-year-old King Wando from an injury sustained while galloping at Belmont Park. With just five career starts and less than $16,000 earnings, the gelding’s passing is of little import to an industry that produces Thoroughbreds like a bakery does muffins. But we noticed. And we also noticed that he died on October 9th, the third horse killed at venerable Belmont that day.
The equine ambulances had another busy day Sunday:
Silent No More, four, Belmont, race 2
Let’s Rocket, six, Lethbridge (Canada), race 3
Shock Me, five, Mountaineer, race 5
Outright Secret, five, Portland Meadows, race 4
A Spanish Madam (after winning), six, Turf Paradise, race 3
Coles Keys, four, Turf Paradise, race 4
Three horses broke down Saturday at Penn National:
five-year-old Lov Tov in the 2nd race
three-year-old Round of Applause in the 3rd race
five-year-old Call Me Sweetheart in the 6th race
In addition, three-year-old Youngwildandfree failed to finish the 4th race, her 3rd DNF of the year.
Also on Saturday:
five-year-old Side by Side broke down in Laurel Park’s 6th race
three-year-old Quarter Horse Sonoran Cowgirl broke down in Turf Paradise’s 2nd race
three-year-old Commando Tres Seis was vanned off after Los Alamitos’ 8th race
six-year-old Neva Masquerade was vanned off after Meadowlands’ 3rd race
four-year-old Cherokee Art was vanned off after Retama Park’s 6th race
three-year-old Roode Dude was vanned off after Suffolk Downs’ 7th race
Good, clean family fun…
Thursday, during Santa Anita’s 3rd race, Facoltoso “was pulled up into the second turn and vanned off.” Later in the day, Betcee Cash, running in a $5,000 maiden claiming race at Lone Star, “went wrong [and was] vanned off.” The bones in both horses are (were) still growing.
Once again, without NY-like injury/death databases, the horses’ conditions, or lack thereof, shall remain a mystery. To those who still insist on calling horseracing sport, the burden falls to cite another professional sport whose athletes simply disappear. This is horseracing.
Over a two-day span (Oct 8th, 9th), NY lost three more racehorses. Aqueduct, which doesn’t begin its winter campaign until November 1st, reports that four-year-old Unbroken Dream “unseated exercise rider – ran loose in barn area hitting stationary object – fx LF leg [and was] euthanized.” At Belmont, Doyouseeme, five, “suffered a fracture to her left front leg while breezing and was euthanized on the track.” And finally, fellow Belmont denizen Roih Jones, who had yet to run a race, died from a “severe left-front hoof infection.” The Empire State, 91 dead and counting.