Saratoga, still several weeks from opening day, notched its second “casualty” of the year Tuesday when, according to the NYS Gaming Commission, 2-year-old Jay Bird “collapsed and died on the training track.” “Sudden death – possible cardiovascular event.” Oh, and the perfunctory “investigation continues.”
While shattered-bone kills are more common, these sudden “cardiovascular” deaths do occur with regularity. Now – on the physical maturation chart, a 2-year-old horse is roughly akin to a 6-year-old child. In other words, something is rotten in Denmark.
The unraced Jay Bird was made by Woodford Thoroughbreds and controlled by Chad Brown. For Brown, this makes six dead horses (Hard To Explain, Tony Manero, Bluember, Poppo, Ludicrous) in NY since 2009.