Finger Lakes Racetrack wasted little time in recording its first victim of the brand-new 2014 meet: 3-year-old Recovered suffered a slab fracture in the 3rd race yesterday and was subsequently killed. The thing is, if not for NY’s unique database, Recovered’s death would never have come to light; in fact, the chart shows her as finishing, with no indication of an injury – not pulled-up, not eased, not vanned off. In other words, there are anonymous horses dying back in the barn, off our radar, off anyone’s radar. They simply disappear, just the way racing wants it. Dead horses are bad for business.

Recovered was trained and owned by Donna Bireta and ridden by Jeremias Flores. She was running in a $5,000 claiming race – “for sale” the day she died. This is horseracing.

3-year-old Sicard’s Sensation was killed in the 10th race at Evangeline last night. Sicard’s connections – trainer Kelly Broussard and owner KB Racing – were chasing a purse of $13,000 in a $7,500 maiden-claiming race. Coby Bourque was aboard.

To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more separating foals and moms, no more forcing unformed bodies onto the track, no more stalling free-spirited animals 23 hours a day, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill buyers, no more transport trucks, no more exsanguinations. No more.

In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – real sports involving consenting human athletes, casinos, lotteries – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the horseplayer (or just the occasional bettor), have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.

The following racehorses were casualties on American tracks last week:

Monday
Stormin Warlord, Turf, race 9, vanned off

Tuesday
Twobyfour, Beulah, race 8, vanned off
Are We There Yet, Mountaineer, race 3, vanned off
Revvy, Sunland, race 2, bled
Una Parche, Sunland, race 6, vanned off
Monkey Wench, Turf, race 5, vanned off

Wednesday
Mikalas Mission, Evangeline, race 5, vanned off
Casey’s On Call, Hawthorne, race 2, confirmed dead

Thursday
Kaitlyns Cat, Aqueduct, race 2, “fell heavily,” vanned off
Intimate Storm, Pimlico, race 3, “returned bleeding”
Ashtar, Santa Anita, race 3, vanned off

Friday
Not a Word, Aqueduct, race 9, vanned off
Mongol Ring, Calder, race 1, vanned off
She’s Gosphel, Penn, race 6, vanned off
Mass Destruction, Pimlico, race 4, vanned off
Esperance, Sam Houston, race 2, bled
Exclusive Girl, Santa Anita, race 8, “returned bleeding in the mouth”
Grand Flame, Sunland, race 9, fell, DNF

Saturday
Forty Four Loco, Charles Town, race 1, vanned off
Smart Sequoyah, Charles Town, race 6, vanned off
Thatsthewayweroll, Emerald, race 2, vanned off
Famous Gent, Fonner, race 6, vanned off
Successful Bluff, Golden Gate, race 5, vanned off
Champagne Sipper, Lone Star, race 4, “reluctant,” “urged along,” “in distress,” vanned off
High Ransom, Oaklawn, race 7, vanned off
Ivebeensaved, Parx, race 6, confirmed dead
Idle Spur, Pimlico, race 2, “returned bleeding from both nostrils”

Sunday
Alondra Sky, Gulfstream, race 4, broke down
Street Stuff, Parx, race 1, vanned off
Caramuru, Santa Anita, race 1, vanned off
Cinco Dash, Sunland, race 2, vanned off
Long to Win, Tampa Bay, race 9, vanned off

The summary of 2-year-old Ivebeensaved’s fatal ride yesterday afternoon at Parx:

“…clipped the heels of Over My Head and fell heavily to the ground. Despite immediate and prolonged intervention on the part of track veterinarians, [her] injuries were obviously catastrophic and she was humanely euthanized.”

It’s as if Parx seeks credit for its extraordinary measures and “humane” final act. But the truth is, this was a wanton destruction of life. Horseracing killed this poor young creature; scorn, not commendation, is what’s warranted.

Ivebeensaved was ridden by Josiah Hampshire, trained by Ronald Dandy, and owned by Tedston Holder. This was her eighth race.