When “Bad Steps” Means Broken Pelvis, Death

On the Equibase chart for the 9th at Aqueduct Friday, the line for Kim Royale reads: “came away a bit sluggishly…bobbled a short distance from the starting gate, responded to some light encouragement [was whipped]…lost her best action taking some bad steps…was pulled up and subsequently vanned off.” Those “bad steps,” as it turns out, were the result of, or resulted in, a broken pelvis – euthanized, says the Gaming Commission. Kim Royale was two.

The carnage ends when, and only when, the last betting window is shuttered. Please tell everyone you know what is happening on American racetracks.


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  1. Yet another broken pelvis – speaks for itself what the stress of racing does to these magnificent horses.

    KIM ROYALE just a 2 year old filly, a baby having only her second race start at the notorious death racetrack, AQUEDUCT. And equibase.com deceitfully continues to describe a horse breaking down as “some bad steps” and whilst this filly is fighting for her life against all odds, she’s on the receiving end of what equibase.com describes as “light encouragement” which folks is the jockey BEATING THIS FILLY WITH A WHIP. Bobbled from the start and the jockey saw fit to whip her!

    And this is all in the name of $2 bets and entertainment?

  2. Exactly Carolyn – it makes me sick to my stomach what these poor, voiceless, and defenseless racehorses are going through.
    So to those outsiders be advised that ALL racehorses, rich or poor, are subjected to the following operating procedures: WHIPPING/BEATING, DOPING, MAIMING, DUMPING, and/or DYING.
    That’s horse racing in a nut shell.
    Let’s begin with WHIPPING/BEATING.
    Racehorses are being whipped/beaten DAILY on racetracks in America.
    The beatings are often excessive and usually applied when the horse is slowing down because it’s tired and/or sore.
    Now all you people out there ask yourself, but one question:
    If you saw a dog in a dog park being whipped/beaten with a stick to run faster to chase his ball would you consider that animal cruelty?
    Yes indeed that would qualify for animal cruelty charges.
    If you saw a dog with a sore leg, possible arthritis, and the owner threw the ball as you watched the dog bobble and try his best to run after the ball, then the owner gets a stick out and beats him on the flank area, would you consider this animal cruelty?
    Yes you would.
    Now here’s where it gets closer to the horse racing comparison:
    the dog, while getting beaten with the stick, falls down enduring a broken leg because he was forced to run faster on a sore limb -how would you feel about that?
    Why do think horse racing is so different than this comparison?
    It’s not. It’s blatant animal cruelty, and they are getting away with it because people are gambling at racinos where the money is being funded for further abuse of racehorses, to fill races, to increase wagering profits, and to be maimed/killed in the process.
    Back to the dog comparison.
    So now that the dog you witnessed getting beaten and sustained a fractured leg gets dumped at the local animal shelter with no responsibility to that living creature whatsoever – didn’t even get it the vet care it so desperately needed?
    Would you consider that animal cruelty?
    Nobody needs to think about this answer because it’s so obvious so WHY support horse racing if you see this dog example as blatant animal cruelty?
    There is no difference folks – none.
    What if that dog DIED in the dirt on the ground at the dog park because the fracture was so severe it suffered a catastrophic breakdown?
    How would you feel about that?
    Help us SHUT this cruelty circus, death camp, and corruption pit down.
    It can’t come soon enough for these racehorses.

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