Two – Fall Colors, Munjaz – Killed at Saratoga Today; That’s Nine on the Season

This from sunny Saratoga today:

In the 1st, a steeplechase, 7-year-old Fall Colors, says Equibase, “led early on in the two path, failed to jump falling heavily over jump two and was struck by three or four opponents attempting to avoid the stricken rival in what was a fatal fall.”

“Falling heavily…struck by three or four opponents…fatal fall.”

Entertainment, America?

In the 8th, 6-year-old Munjaz “…went wrong nearing the second turn and was pulled up then vanned off.” Turns out, according to the Daily Racing Form, Munjaz “had to be euthanized with unsalvageable injury to left hind leg.”

“Went wrong” – dead.

Two today, nine on the season. Vile. Simply vile.

Lakalas, May 28, “collapsed and died after breezing”
Queen B, July 6, “fractured leg while breezing…ambulanced to clinic – euthanized”
Wanztbwicked, July 22, “suffered an injury while breezing – euthanized on the track”
Angels Seven, July 28, “pulled up, injury to LF leg – euthanized on the track”
Howard Beach, July 29, “suffered a fracture to RF leg breezing and was euthanized”
Positive Waves, July 29, “suffered a fracture to his RF leg breezing – euthanized”
Brooklyn Major, July 31, “collapsed and died after the finish of the race”
Fall Colors, August 3, “horse fell at second fence died on track”
Munjaz, August 3, “had to be euthanized with unsalvageable injury to left hind leg”


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  1. Steeplechase and hurdle racing is abhorrent. It has no place in today’s society. I’m pretty sure that the dead horse in the above photo is that of the jumps horse, Pride of Westbury. RIP you beautiful creature, you didn’t deserve such a horrible and cruel death.
    The statistics are such that a horse is 20 times more likely to die in a jumps race than in a flat race. They literally play Russian roulette with these horses.
    So SICK!

    • It must’ve been horrific for Fall Colors laying on the ground, dying, when 3 or 4 of his “herd” struck him. It is possible that when struck, he may have suffered the fatal injury. Also terrible for those 3 or 4 horses coming across their mate like that, as they too could’ve come down as well and suffered injury/death, they were certainly traumatised.

      • That’s exactly what I was thinking too, Carolyn, when I read the chart. To think of the terror this horse must’ve felt knowing it couldn’t get up and out of the way only to be crushed by his race mates. I felt like throwing up when I read the chart.

    • Elsa, just on breezing – some horses are whipped in training. When i worked in the industry, the practice with some trainers was to put blinkers on the horse and get the jockey/rider to hit it with an electrical device…
      Then the trainer would not apply the blinkers for several training sessions but when the horse was being set to win a certain race (and the money was on) blinkers would be applied to the horse on raceday. I witnessed one horse sweating up badly in the enclosure pre-race, i was aware of what was going on in his training sessions and this horse obviously was fearing being struck with an electrical device. He went like a rocket racing in fear and won the race. Where i am, it’s virtually impossible for a jockey to carry an electrical device on him on raceday but the horse thought he was going to get an electric shock…. so cruel.

      • Wow you t def in the wrong barn if you have witnessed them “battery” a horse…I’ve worked in this industry my whole life and for many top stables and have never ever seen one been put to use ever!!!!!

      • Wow you t def in the wrong barn if you have witnessed them “battery” a horse…I’ve worked in this industry my whole life and for many top stables and have never ever seen one been put to use ever!!!!!

      • Hey, Kerri, check out the Paulick Report dated August 11, 2017.

        An excerpt from the article titled – Former leading rider at Ellis Park Suspeneded in Indiana for Alleged Possession of Electrical Device.

        “Jockey Didiel Osorio has been summarily suspended by Indiana Horse Racing Commission stewards after allegedly being in possession of an illegal electrical device following the fifth race at Indiana Grand on Thursday.”

        Mmm ….. wonder what he did with that electrical device during the race?

        Oh i think we know the answer to that!

        And of course this is just one jockey that has been caught…. many get away with it and they certainly do in training due to lack of officials (who are supposed to be protecting the horse) being present to ensure that no electrical devices are being used.

        It’s been going on for decades and about 30 years ago in Australia a Hong Kong connection requested that a whip be tampered with to insert a battery. How do i know this? I was physically present with only 3 other persons in the room including my late father. We were horrified!

  2. This is what they should be protesting and that of racing two year olds in track racing also. Yet what did they do, they wages a war against Carriage horses in NY City and Chicago. Those horses don’t’ suffer at all and are taken care of well also. Just walking and pulling a carriage on smooth roads. They don’t run etc. Horse are work animals after all and that is an easy form of work for them. This other crap is wrong. Those 2 year old colts don’t have their bones all finished and such. They should stop that till they are 3 at least.

    • There are carriage horses that fall and die. One recently in Charleston, SC. They get to hot and pull to many people. Remember pavement is hot and cars are scary and sometimes collide!

  3. It’s horrible to have these beautiful animals murdered. People stop racing and let them live a horses life.

  4. This is not a sport. It is a violent battlefield for the horses who have no choice in whether to participate. The same is true of greyhound racing. Both should be banned. Terrible.

  5. jump races I can agree more so with these others but as for the ones breezing- they need to bring more bone back into the thoroughbreds. I do enjoy watching and I feel awful for horses when they go down or are sidelined due to injuries sustained to their legs. It’s stupid and cruel to be racing these young horses with brittle/fragile/unfinished growing bones. You never hear of such with the foreign horses on our tracks because they aren’t so inbred. It’s disgusting to see the same ancestor behind a horse 3 or 4 times (or more!) because it was such a fantastic horse. It needs to be done appropriately if it’s going to continue.
    Again back to the jump horses, it’s just downright dangerous, more dangerous than any other form of racing

  6. Are all you people that are so horrified at the death of these beautiful animals even more horrified at the deaths of almost 3,600 babies murdered every day in the US? If you are not, there’s something terribly wrong with YOU!

    • But we can assume you are horrified with the unnecessary cruelty and killing of ANY living, breathing and feeling being with a right to their own life on this earth, correct Bob Semp?…and that’s why you chose to come to an anti-horse racing forum to bring up the rights of the unborn? Yes, Bob, speak for ALL of the voiceless and defenseless! (but I would suggest doing so upon the specific platform – I wouldn’t question those who stand for the rights of unborn babies on their forum about the abuse suffered by racehorses in our nation, wouldn’t you agree?)

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