NY is the only state to publicly identify its dead racehorses. Theoretically, all horses who die at NYS tracks – whether racing, training, or “non-racing” – are disclosed to the Gaming Commission, who then posts on its site. Hence, (generally) we are not forced into assumptions on the “vanned off.” In Wednesday’s 1st race at Belmont, 5-year-old Mulheb was said, per Equibase, to have “faltered…then was vanned off after the finish.” Today, the Commission concludes the story: “carpal slab fracture,” dead.
On June 1st at Belmont, Mulheb finished last in the 5th race – 28 1/4 lengths back. On June 8th at Belmont, Mulheb finished second-to-last in the 5th race – 24 3/4 lengths back. On August 20th at Saratoga, Mulheb finished second-to-last in the 10th race – 18 1/4 lengths back. All – including his fatal run – under the watchful eye of trainer John Toscano. This is horseracing.