Yet another horse who was merely reported as vanned off has turned up dead. Yesterday, 3-year-old Stenson fractured sesamoids in the 1st race at Belmont. Today, he is gone. As a young, promising colt, he no doubt received a little extra attention – splint, x-rays – but in the end, there was nothing to be done. In his penultimate start on September 1st at Saratoga, Stenson “bumped solidly with a rival at the start…faded” and finished 8th of 9, 20 lengths back. Debra Divitto trained, owned, and bred.
And just this morning at Belmont, an unraced 4-year-old filly named Endearing snapped a leg while breezing and was euthanized. She was being trained by John Shirreffs. To date, 94 racehorses have died at NYS tracks this year – a full third of them at illustrious Belmont Park. This is horseracing.