From Saratoga’s 7th this afternoon: “[3-year-old] M B and Tee…held on safely [for the first place share of an $83,000 purse], then fell heavily after crossing the wire and was euthanized.” On the track. Here are this pathetic creature’s last two minutes on this planet (hit “Race Replays,” Thursday, Race 7). Please note: the kill is captured at around 2:20; the announcer utters not a word on the matter. Not a word.
One last thought: Though comfortably out front in the stretch, jockey Junior Alvarado felt it appropriate to continue whipping his mount – right to her death. M B and Tee was trained by Dominick Schettino, owned by MeB Racing, and bred by EH Beau Lane.
To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more separating foals and moms, no more abusing unformed bodies, no more confining, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill-buyers, no more transport trucks, no more abattoirs. No more pain, no more suffering. No more.
In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – real sports involving autonomous human beings, casinos, lotteries – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.