I have confirmed that both horses who were reported vanned off in the 3rd last night at Charles Town are in fact dead. 2-year-old Lovin It, who fell on the first turn, was euthanized on the track; 3-year-old Fuzz, who went down over his crumpled “rival,” was euthanized back in the barn. This was Lovin It’s sixth time under the whip – all for trainer/owner/breeder Leslie Condon. As for Fuzz, in his only other race, he was “reluctant to load” – last of 10. Trainer, Gerald Coker; owner Gary Hemp.
To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And, no more separating foals and moms, no more abusing unformed bodies, no more confining, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill-buyers, no more transport trucks, no more abattoirs. No more pain, no more suffering. No more.
In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – casinos, lotteries, real sports involving autonomous human beings – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.