Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway, Faith N Moon was killed after fracturing a leg in the 5th race. As NY and California are the only states to give up their harness dead, it’s hard to say how many Standardbreds are falling around the country. But for context, to date, NY has recorded six 2014 harness kills (three at Buffalo).
Also, in reporting weekly casualties, I have reminded that some horses die from injuries after seemingly finishing their races without incident. Case in point: In the 2nd race at Belmont on June 5th, 5-year-old Samuels Blond Lady finished fourth in a maiden claiming race. Although it was noted that the mare was “bumped from both sides at the start,” there was nary a mention of possible injury. Nevertheless, Samuels Blond Lady was euthanized (though it wasn’t reported till June 8th). These two bring NY’s 2014 racing/training death toll to 29. (Overall, 39 have died at NYS tracks.)