The Humane Euthanasia – Killing – of Manda Moo

There is a reason why 90% of racing’s kills are reported as “broke down,” as opposed to “humanely euthanized” or some form thereof: The latter is so jarring, so definitive, so final – dead. Still, that phrase – “humanely euthanized” – is its own kind of deception, obscenity even: The racers, because horses are patently nonconsenting participants, force an animal into an act that causes him to break – and suffer – and then claim the high ground by giving said animal a “humane,” merciful death. How twisted and so very sordid.

As Parx is one of a small handful of tracks to disclose definitiveness, we can report the humane euthanasia of 3-year-old Manda Moo in yesterday’s 8th race – jockey Maria Remedio, trainer Patricia Farro, owner Andrew Sulley, and breeder Robert LaPenta.

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  1. Sad to hear of the passing of Manda Moo. :(
    I know this may not be the place for this but Patrick, I couldn’t find an email address where I could send it.
    Next Tragic Breakdown in the Making:
    Honour The Deputy
    7 year old gelding, 39 races
    Has gone from Graded Stakes to $2.5k Claimers
    Last 2 races only 1 week apart
    Next stop for this poor horse, the feed-lot or euthanasia
    Can’t we do something?

  2. Why do horses have to suffer for our entertainment or as our personal money makers. Changes need to made by the upper- management of the race tracks…there should be rules about going to slaughter…at least 3 months given to the horses to find them new homes…trainers & owners should be fined for not abiding by the rules…use the money to help re home horses….not a fan of race tracks anymore…….I have 5 thoroughbreds here & can not afford to do any more…my heart aches for all the lost thoroughbreds. Such giving creatures…on every level.

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