On a Beautiful Spring Sunday, Two More Dead Racehorses

The NYS Gaming Commission has this to say about yesterday’s 5th at Aqueduct: “Flatterfly fell after suffering a fatal musculo-skeletal injury in the vicinity of the 3/16 pole and was euthanized on the track.” That’s that. Three years old. Also Sunday, 4-year-old Yorkshire Inn is reported (Equibase) to have “broke down” in the 9th at Tampa Bay. We all know what that means.

This is horseracing.


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  1. Pathetic, abhorrent, and unacceptable that another 2 racehorses died for this business.
    Yet again, any necropsy or investigation will lead to ZIPPO.
    Not one of these people will be held accountable for their racehorses dying – not one.
    I actually moved away from the areas that have racetracks for the sole purpose of not having to drive by them.
    I now live in a racetrack FREE geographical area and I intentionally did that.
    I could no longer drive by a racetrack knowing full well what’s taking place behind those security gates.
    I could smell the pain, suffering, and death.
    They are all the same from the lower level “B” tracks to the “premier” tracks.

  2. Little FlatterFly’s injury must have been horrific…requiring euthanasia on the track. The AAEP Thoroughbred Race Day Injury Management Guidelines call for this (page 7); “The regulatory veterinarian should make EVERY [and “every” is in caps in the guidelines] effort to load the injured horse into the ambulance before euthanasia.” The guidelines continue; “If loading is not possible, screens should be deployed. Tall screens are preferable…”. TALL screens. Isn’t it so glaringly obvious that the industry takes EVERY effort to hide what their horses endure from the public? Why is that?

    I’m so sorry you were exploited to the point of death, little bay Flatterfly. It seems to me that the numbers of equine deaths in this industry would bring racing insiders to a realization that horses dying just for entertainment purposes is so CLEARLY unnecessary!…not to mention cruel! But I’m sure Flatterfly’s owners (McConnell Racing Stable) and trainer (Gary Contessa) will go on as usual…the dead filly’s stall will be filled by another young equine.

    RIP, Flatterfly and Yorkshire Inn. Your lives mattered to us. And your deaths nudge us to continue educating.

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