6-year-old The Program, trained and owned by Ronny Werner, was killed in yesterday afternoon’s 8th race at Fair Grounds. This, after he “came under a drive [from jockey Brian Hernandez Jr] in [the] upper stretch.” The race was of the $5,000 claiming variety. Just another expendable asset expended.
Also, on Wednesday, 2-year-old Changeinaction, with but one start under his belt, broke a leg “breezing” on Belmont’s training track and was killed where he lay. The equine child was trained by Dominic Galluscio and owned by Bob Petersons Stables. This marks Galluscio’s sixth death on NY tracks since 2009 – three racing, three training.
Please let us all work to prevent such tragedies as these that are happening all too often.
Mrs. Newman, I agree with you but what actions can we take to prevent these tragedies from continually happening? Racing is a gambling industry where money is king. How do we prevent the horses from meeting a tragic end? I suggest that we encourage family and friends to STOP betting on the horses (dogs, too). What do you suggest?
The ONLY way to stop the horses’ suffering and death is for racing to not exist.
RIP The Program and Changeinaction.
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