North Dakota’s Dead Racehorses, 2016

Through a request to the North Dakota Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at North Dakota tracks in 2016:

Tempting Eyes, June 11, Chippewa 2, “horse caught reins in rail and snapped neck – died at site” (The raceday chart merely said “lost rider.”)

Rita’s Resort, July 24, North Dakota 4, “fractured proximal sesamoid bones, ruptured fetlock joint and flexor tendons – euthanized” (The raceday chart merely said “DNF.”)

It should be noted that North Dakota is among the lightest of racing states, with but 14 days of live racing in 2016.

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

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  1. Ride In The Park, like so many others, has been reduced to a wagering profit slave because there’s no way this gelding should be running.
    His last 8 starts are nothing more than a public display of animal cruelty.
    He finished in the last 3 for most of his 10 starts.
    This dude needs to be retired, but to where?
    He will most likely end up at a kill auction eventually, but might be one of the lucky ones.
    What a rotten business this is.
    Nobody is protecting the Ride In The Park racehorses as they are continually recycled into another bin (horse race).
    The more recycled they are the more the abuse escalates because they are, most likely, running on a multitude of sore limbs.
    He’s now just a number generating wagering revenue and this business is just fine with that.
    Rotten to the core.
    He’s an accident waiting to happen – will he make it out alive?

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