A recent Daily Racing Form article ran this headline: “Horse fatalities decline at California tracks.” At first blush, positive news. But… Turns out, while fatalities dropped 5% from ’12-’13 to ’13-’14, there were also “across-the-board declines in race days, starters, and number of races.” Although I’m not a mathematician, seems to me that fewer horses racing should engender fewer kills. And how many horses, exactly, did perish on California tracks last year? 199 (including 52 at hallowed Santa Anita). 199. Still, they boast, “fatalities declined.” Finding a silver lining in the wholly unnecessary destruction of intelligent, sensitive creatures? This is horseracing.