3-year-old Lavender Road, whom I wrote about this morning, was euthanized today after repeatedly falling at Saratoga yesterday afternoon. The official cause was a broken neck – from, of course, the repeated falls. The larger question, though, is why this apparently healthy 3-year-old – an equine child, really – collapsed in the first place. Heatstroke? Perhaps, but yesterday was a comfortable, low-humidity day in Saratoga. Any insights, trainer Abigail Adsit? Breeder Lawrence Goichman?
5-year-old Quorum, trained by Victor Carrasco and owned by Gladys Falcon, is confirmed dead (fractured sesamoids) after being vanned off Tuesday at Finger Lakes (race 6). This is the fourth kill at that track in the last two weeks (Indomitable Woman, Chichita, Gimmeanotherwink), and 18th since the meet began in April.
And finally, pity the poor Standardbreds: Their deaths go mostly unnoticed – though not from any lack of effort here – and even when we get a confirmation, details are few and far between. Witness the end for 5-year-old Majic Laughter Tuesday at Batavia Downs. The Gaming Commission, which couldn’t even get her name right (“Majical Laughter”), says only that she died “unattended.” Died “unattended.” Nine Standardbreds have died at NYS tracks this year. This is horseracing.