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.

Clawback, a 4-year-old colt, was euthanized today at Aqueduct after he was found lying in his stall unable to stand. For trainer David Jacobson (who claimed Clawback back in December), this makes 11 NY deaths since 2009. Clawback ran nine times, all under trainer Richard Violette and owners Klaravich Stables/William Lawrence.

Also today, a 12-year-old gelding named Corvo was found dead in his Belmont stall “due to colic of approximately one week.” It appears that the 73-start veteran was retired, having last raced in 2011. Why, then, was he stabled at Belmont? But more importantly, why was a suffering horse left unattended? The trainer of record is Michelle Nevin.

Just to be clear, again, funneling a portion of racino slots money into purses and breeding is corporate welfare. Sure, the horse people call it a “state-business partnership.” But as the saying goes, it is what it is, and here is what it is: Expanded gaming is all the rage for cash-strapped states. Enter the horsemen. They say, since track owners already have the facilities for gambling, give them the Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) licenses. But when doing so, make sure you legally bind them to continue live racing and, as importantly, demand they send some of the loot our way.

As ThistleDown prepares for its second season with VLT revenue, excitement – for the horsemen, that is – pervades. And why not? As a recent press release notes, the more than 1,000 VLTs added last April “breathed new life into the sport of kings in Northeast Ohio.” “New life,” here, translates to a 28% increase in purses, with the Ohio Derby (July 19th) pot triple what it was last year. Yes, times are good, but not because of a successful product. If forced to rely on handle and attendance alone, much of horseracing, especially at the harness level, would be dead or dying by now. Racinos are welfare. Period.

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