One of the two horses who “fell heavily” in Saturday’s 3rd race at Aqueduct is confirmed dead: 3-year-old Andromeda’s Coming, trained by Carl Domino and owned by Henry and Janet Oak. Also, in last night’s 7th race at Buffalo Raceway, Pay Tribute (trainer, John Perrin) “took [a] bad step, pulled up [with a] fractured RF pastern [and was] euthanized on track.” This was Buffalo’s second death in five days. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 14.

2-year-old filly Chica de La Noche was killed in the 7th race at Louisiana Downs Sunday afternoon. This was her first race under trainer Martin Trejo and owner Ana Alvidrez, having been claimed (bought) for $3,500 in January from Hansel Bray (and trainer Kenneth Weeks). Simple chattel, nothing more, nothing less.

Also, Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway, New York recorded its first harness death of the year when Scottie C broke his leg during the 3rd race and was euthanized. The Standardbred was trained and driven by Jacques Beaudoin. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 12.

The following racehorses were casualties on American tracks last week:

Monday
Tyme Champ, Beulah, race 1, “in distress,” vanned off
Henry Is Henry, Fair Grounds, race 2, “in heat distress,” vanned off
Streaked Face Bay, Hialeah, race 3, bled
Kenni Rae, Oaklawn, race 1, vanned off
He’s Not Too Shaby, Santa Anita, race 9, confirmed dead
Gracias, Turf, race 2, broke down
Elle Cee Dee, Turf, race 7, bled, vanned off

Tuesday
Dashing Yes Perry, Sunland, race 2, vanned off
Pressing On, Sunland, race 11, vanned off
Here It Tiz, Turf, race 3, vanned off

Wednesday
Salesman, Delta, race 8, vanned off
Grace by Moonlight, Tampa Bay, race 4, vanned off
A Mere Corona, Turf, race 1, bled, vanned off

Thursday
Sum Royal, Charles Town, race 2, broke down
Hilarium, Oaklawn, race 2, “returned bleeding”
Smarten Destiny, Oaklawn, race 5, “pulled up lame,” vanned off
Getting Birdie, Tampa Bay, race 8, vanned off

Friday
Ya No Esta, Calder, race 3, vanned off
Pom Pom Power, Calder, race 5, bled
Southern Safari, Gulfstream, race 4, vanned off
All Tanked Up, Hawthorne, race 3, “pulled up in some distress,” vanned off
No Mistress, Los Alamitos, race 5, vanned off
Blockout, Oaklawn, race 9, vanned off
Neverwherecauseway, Santa Anita, race 3, vanned off

Saturday
Andromeda’s Coming, Aqueduct, race 3, “fell heavily,” vanned off
Pleasant Shaker, Aqueduct, race 3, “fell heavily”
Grant Us Peace, Charles Town, race 1, vanned off
Miss Palatine, Hawthorne, race 2, confirmed dead
Body of Evidence, Hialeah, race 2, “hit gate,” broke down
Scouts Diva, Hialeah, race 10, vanned off
Bigsweetslittlesis, Parx, race 2, “in distress,” vanned off
F M Forty One, Sunland, race 9, vanned off
Lucky Dan, Turfway, race 9, vanned off

Sunday
Elmonte Cristo, Golden Gate, race 4, vanned off
Cody O Toole, Hialeah, race 2, vanned off
Apollo Ono, Hialeah, race 6, vanned off
Chica de La Noche, Louisiana, race 7, confirmed dead
Craving Carats, Santa Anita, race 2, vanned off
Jesses On the Run, Sunland, race 5, vanned off
Ambitious Dancer, Tampa Bay, race 9, vanned off
Lonesome Storm, Turfway, race 4, vanned off

Saturday afternoon at the races:

9-year-old Miss Palatine was killed after a fall in Hawthorne’s 2nd race, a $4,000 claiming. In the start before this (November), Miss Palatine finished last, 15 1/2 lengths back. Nice work, trainer/owner Paul Lewellyn.

At Aqueduct, two 3-year-old fillies – Pleasant Shaker and Andromeda’s Coming – fell hard in the 3rd race. Replay here (“Race Replays,” Saturday, Race 3), around the 1:09 mark.

At Hialeah, 4-year-old Body of Evidence, coming off back-to-back wins, hit the gate in the 2nd race and broke down.

During the 2nd race at Fair Grounds, 3-year-old Sweet On You “ducked in when given three cracks of a right-handed whip at the furlong marker, hit the rail and completely lost action then dropped out.” Three cracks.

And finally, 13-year-old Foreign Melody has been “euthanized for severe colic” at Belmont Park. The gelding, who hadn’t raced in almost seven years, was being “used as a pony by Juan Galvez.” This is horseracing.

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Currently, there are six American tracks using a synthetic surface. Synthetic, supposedly, reduces the number of catastrophic breakdowns. But because these surfaces are more costly to maintain than was originally promised, the trend, according to Ray Paulick (Paulick Report, 2/20/14) is back toward dirt – Del Mar, one of the six, is slated to revert in 2015. This, of course, should come as no surprise. As Paulick himself says, “…the majority of horsemen were never convinced that the safety and prevention of catastrophic injuries trumps everything else in the sport.”

Still, Paulick urges racing to reconsider: “An industry turning its back on a surface that has statistically proven to be safer is not a winning public relations move. …Injuries happen, whether it’s two horses running across a paddock of lush grass or a full field racing down the stretch of a dirt, synthetic or turf track. The goal for racing, no matter what the surface, is to reduce that number and make the sport safer and more palatable for the public.”

Well, Mr. Paulick, while true that injuries can and do happen in more natural settings, racehorses are dying for the most shameful of reasons – $2 bets. And no matter how much “reform” you and other apologists achieve, they will continue to die, on all surfaces, with or without drugs, even after the best of pre-race exams. Guaranteed. So, there is no cleaning up this “sport.” It is corrupt, from core out.

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