Two horses were killed last night at Delta Downs. In the 1st race, a maiden claiming, 2-year-old Casey Lynn “took a bad step mid stretch.” Dead before her third birthday. (Racing advances all ages on January 1st, but Casey Lynn wouldn’t have turned three till April.) In her last start (Louisiana Downs in September), Casey Lynn finished 10th, 22 1/2 lengths back. Perhaps trainer Joe Duhon should have known something. Perhaps he did. And the same for her owner, the sadly ironic Dream Walkin Farms.
Later in the Delta night, 3-year-old Battle Silk, another filly, went down in the 9th race. She was trained by Billy Allen and owned by Raymond McFarlin. The replays reveal little – Casey Lynn dumped her rider late, while Battle Silk pulled up early. This is horseracing.