The Saratoga ’16 Death Toll continues to rise – three months after the last race was run there. The Paulick Report reports that 3-year-old Stradivari “was euthanized after taking a turn for the worse following surgery to repair a fracture in his right foreleg.” The fracture was sustained during a July 22 training session.

Like Recepta, Stradivari was a successful racehorse – a high finisher in both the Preakness and Belmont this year – and, by extension, an extremely valuable asset. So, with visions of lucrative stud fees dancing in his people’s heads, extraordinary measures were taken. For nothing. And once more, the animal was the loser.

The Saratoga ’16 Dead

Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, training
Squire Creek, July 16, training
Stradivari, July 22, training (euthanized December)
Zamjara, July 23, race 1
Rootformejustin, July 23, race 5
Indian Nobility, July 27, race 3
Domestic Warrior, August 1, race 4
Lebowski, August 2, “found dead outside stall”
Jonrah, August 3, training
Midnight Visitor, August 4, prior to race 4
Wheels Up Now, August 5, training
Recepta, August 5, training (euthanized November)
Prince Corredor, August 20, training
Elusive Neko, August 24, training
Bob Le Beau, August 25, race 1
Ring of Truth, August 25, race 10
Desert Trial, August 28, training
Its Only Fair, September 9, training
Core Competency, September 19, training