While NYRA is busy congratulating itself on the recently completed Belmont meet (5/1-7/13), we here at Horseracing Wrongs remember the athletes who perished in the pursuit of handle cash:
3-year-old Handstand, 6th race on May 1st, “fx RR leg – euthanized in necropsy area”
3-year-old See the Music, 7th race on May 21st, “collapsed at the 3/16 pole and died”
5-year-old Samuels Blond Lady, 2nd race on June 5th, “LK sagittal slab fx – euthanasia 3 days later”
4-year-old Roses for Romney, 8th race on June 25th, “clipped heels…and fell – died of apparent neck trauma”
3-year-old This Guy Is Blue, 9th race on July 6th, “fx RF leg – euthanized in necropsy area”
5-year-old Music Maid, 2nd race on July 13th, “fx RF leg – euthanized”
And – the 2014 Belmont training deaths:
9-year-old Caixa Eletronica, January 4th, “suffered a fx skull and died” [from a head-on collision]
4-year-old Six Drivers, January 4th, “suffered a fractured neck and died” [from same collision]
3-year-old Go Canes Go, January 13th, “suffered fx LF leg while breezing – euthanized on track”
2-year-old Valar Dohaeris, January 30th, “suffered fx RF leg – euthanized on track”
4-year-old Flashy in Pink, February 1st, “suffered a fx RF leg while breezing – euthanized on track”
2-year-old Changeinaction, March 5th, “fx RF leg while breezing – euthanized on track”
7-year-old Itsagoodtendollars, March 15th, “died from apparent cardiovascular collapse while breezing”
4-year-old Kingston Jamaica, May 29th, “suffered fx LF leg while breezing – euthanized on track”
2-year-old Fran’s Kid, June 18th, “suffered fx LF leg while breezing – euthanized on track”
Staying in “business” is what it’s about with no thought or consideration of the horse without which there would be no “business”. Money for the people; misery, suffering and death for the horse, period.
Race the horse at any cost.. how about all the human injuries involved. Jockeys and exercise riders are all busted up . Plus horse are kept in their stalls (basically a cage) for 23 hours a day. What do you expect?
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