Two horses were left dead in the same Tampa Bay race (6th) yesterday afternoon:
After 5-year-old Wild Kiss went down about halfway through, two trailing horses, 3-year-olds Iron Media and Track Telling, fell over their dying “rival.” Iron Media did not survive; Track Telling, according to the Paulick Report, “appeared to have emerged from the spill unscathed.” Once again, if not for a few injured humans, we would not have known about the equine carnage, or at least not the full scale of it: The chart had Wild Kiss as “broke down,” the other two simply as “fell.” The dead horses’ people: Wild Kiss – Anna Lee, Anne Ambrosio; Iron Media – Joseph Minieri, Judy Beaumont.
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.