Equibase’s account of the 6th at Delaware Thursday: “Well Graced went wrong in deep stretch…and had to be euthanized.” He was three. I have also confirmed that Beau Dan is dead after “[going bad]” in the 4th at Belterra May 30. He was four.

Please watch to vile conclusion as this “we love them like our children” industry carries on with the “Winner’s Circle” while two of said children lie dying in the mud…

Through a request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have been able to confirm the names of the six heretofore unidentified dead horses at Santa Anita this meet:

Henry, Jan 14
Ponchito, Jan 22
Mongolian Hunter, Jan 28
Cooney, Mar 4
Rolling Shadow, Apr 4
Current Times, May 27

For a historical parallel on these “non-racing” deaths: Roughly 620,000 soldiers died during the American Civil War. That’s a fairly well-known number. But what most don’t know is that roughly two-thirds of those died of disease. And they don’t because no moral distinction is – or should be – drawn between those felled by dysentery and those by gunshot. Simply, the War was responsible for all. Similarly, every death in horseracing is by horseracing. Cooney, Battle of Midway – not a scintilla of difference.

In the 3rd at Thistledown yesterday, Coraline was said (by Equibase) to have “suffered an injury”; the injury, I have confirmed, was fatal. But there’s more: Coraline was an 11-year-old mare who was first put to the whip almost nine years ago – 75 times in all. And, she was “For Sale” at least 50 times. What a profoundly awful existence. What a profoundly despicable industry – with a special nod toward Coraline’s longtime trainer/owner Betty Ott, who, instead of turning her out to a pasture, kept trying to squeeze another hundred bucks from her abused, (surely) aching body. Vile.

Watch as Coraline gives her all for the 75th and final time…

The Equibase line for Calmack in the 7th at Louisiana Monday: “Calmack…pulled up entering the drive in distress and was euthanized.” Calmack was five years old and under the whip for the 19th time. He, too, was “For Sale” the day he died.

This is horseracing.

According to the chart, Moro Chief “went wrong outside the sixteenth-pole and fell” in the 4th at Lone Star Saturday. In fact, the 3-year-old is dead, euthanized says WFAA, back in the barn. An eyewitness has reached out to me; here is her testimony:

“I was at Lone Star on June the 8th. A horse named Moro Chief died in race 4. They didn’t state what happened, but to me he tripped and broke his neck or broke a leg and went down. Moro Chief lifted his head once and then I am almost positive he passed away immediately. The track hands brought out the green sheets and the truck and trailer and he was driven away. It was a horrifying scene. It just bothered me heavily that this horse died and was swept away never to be mentioned again.

I love horse racing but this was the last straw for me. This is my first time at the track in a year and as an Agriculture major who teaches high schoolers about horses, and as a horse owner myself, I just can’t stomach the death anymore. It’s so hard for me because my grandfather loved racing and he taught me what to look for and how to read a program before he passed a few years ago. I view it as a way to remember him. But this just blows me away. I rescued a spotted saddle horse earlier last year who was two days away from shipping to Mexico, and that really opened up the awareness of just how many registered OTTBs are dying every year for this sport. Thank you for exposing how many horses die every year.”

Tiffany Logan
Princeton, Texas

This commentary by WFAA (Dallas) anchor Mike Leslie is a must watch, not simply because he references Horseracing Wrongs, but, like the above, it is further evidence of changing sensibilities, most especially among recent fans.