Ego Friendly Becomes Ninth Horse to Collapse and Die on a NYRA Track This Year

4-year-old Ego Friendly – trainer Patrick Quick, breeders Chester and Mary Broman – collapsed and died while galloping at Belmont yesterday morning. The gelding’s last four races: three second-to-last, one DNF. Ego Friendly is the ninth racehorse to simply collapse and die on a NYRA track since March – Itsagoodtendollars (3/15), See the Music (5/21), Unnamed Dam (6/4), Missy Zelliott (7/20), Lavender Road (7/30), Sir William Bruce (8/2), Regretless (8/11), M B and Tee (8/21). The kill list includes four 3-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, and a 2-year-old. This is horseracing.

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  1. In what other “sport” would this number of child-athlete deaths be acceptable? Collapsing in death at the age of four…where else but in the “sport” of horseracing. Barbaric. RIP Ego Friendly.

    • Lavender Road did collapse – repeatedly. My original post:

      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.

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