Hidden Talent, a 2-year-old QuarterHorse, won her first ever race Saturday at Lone Star. Then she died. The video is shocking, among the worst I’ve seen. First, though, this from a reader who was at that race:

“I joined a friend at Lone Star Park last night because she wanted to see the horses in person for the first time. This will be her last trip to the racetrack. In race three the winner broke down right at the wire and was euthanized on the track in front of hundreds of horrified spectators. I saw several children in tears as the curtain came out to hide from view what I knew was going to be the unfortunate death of another race horse. There was no mention after the event of the unfortunate demise of an unwilling participant – only the condition of the jockey. This is horse racing. I won’t be back.”

The kill happens right after the wire; please watch, then share…
http://www.lonestarpark.com/Racing/Race_Video/ – “Replays,” Sa the 30th, race 3

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  1. Sickening and looks as though she might’ve suffered a broken neck/head trauma.
    Just the way she shot ahead tells me that she probably had been given something.

  2. Her right fore didn’t look good and she may have broken down in that limb before she suddenly went head first. The speed at which she was traveling made my blood run cold.
    I cannot bear to think of the excruciating pain she suffered along with the terrible shock and fear.
    And all they could announce was that the jockey was okay.
    And that the abhorrent death of this baby, an innocent, was a non-event. Not important. Like, just wipe it from your minds, folks.

    This is horseracing………killing horses bred purely for gambling. Beyond words.

  3. I cannot watch – just knowing is enough to make me sick to my stomach. The racing apologists are who need to view this.

    Hidden Talent, your life mattered to us. Your death makes us even more determined to keep moving forward with this important and necessary cause,

    • No Reba – in America, there is Quarter Horse, paint, Appaloosa, Arabian, and thoroughbred. Some small backwoods tracks even have mules.

  4. VILE.
    This antiquated business model continues to maim and kill racehorses every day for bets all conducted under the guise of “sport,” and “entertainment.”
    This is absolutely disgusting, repulsive, and appalling.
    So sorry for you HIDDEN TALENT – your life mattered.

    In the last week, as always, the sales auction houses of Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton, and wagering companies are boasting about their BILLION dollar profits as racehorses are on the slave block for bids.
    Then this:

    Folks, racehorses are DYING in their stalls at Camarero Racetrack in Puerto Rico directly due to STARVATION, and no help to these racehorses.
    They are locked in their stalls some standing in bacteria infected water up to their knees, and all you apologists have the audacity to come on here and say that you “love” and “care” for racehorses.
    BILLIONS in profit is coming in while racehorses are being starved to death, dumped at kill auctions, and raced to death.
    You apologists are a bunch of delusional, heartless, racehorse exploiters.
    There’s no excuse for this crisis down in Puerto Rico or anywhere for that matter.
    You would think that they would cough up some money to pay the “volunteers” for taking care of their mess.
    They make me sick.

  5. I tried to watch, I really did, but I just couldn’t. It happens every damned day, it’s a silent Holocaust of the Equine variety and nobody except us, seems to give a rats ass!

    • You are so right, Gaynor. Very few people know the true ugliness of racing and don’t seem to care anyway.
      The business is good at covering up what the equine athletes are forced to endure for the sake of a very corrupt and evil game with no oversight whatsoever. Horses caught up in this business are dead before or shortly after they are mature.

  6. Allow me some time to hurl — If this doesn’t break you heart, I don’t know what … … — until these horses are treated with love, care & respect, these unconscionable, sadistic, indifferent, merciless facilities exploiting animals for entertainment & profit MUST be SHUT DOWN permanently! — These animals who in fact are used as “employees” MUST be protected — they are vulnerable, innocent and always at the mercy of humans — we must ensure these humans are horse-loving humans — anything short of this, is NOT acceptable. —- Horse racing has morphed into this brutal horror show — my heart breaks for the horses.

  7. You now have me convinced. I am behind you. I live close to Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area. I am an animal rights activist.

  8. Dina. Not frog juice. They’ve been testing for that for over 3 years. The new stuff is silver something. Cant test for it. But look at certain trainers win percentages……

  9. The business does a horrible job of policing itself. In fact, it would be counter productive for it to do otherwise because cheating, drugs and animal abuse are pervasive at every level . It can never be otherwise.

    It is a sick business and fatal for horses.

    From dying on the track to waiting in the stall for whatever fate awaits them once they can’t race anymore the sadness is not hard to see.

    A picture of a little black gelding looking out from his stall with sad eyes as though he senced his uncertain future should evoke a sense of compassion in any human . You see, his racing days are over and he has nowhere to go. He is not a “pretty horse” to some humans, so, his chances of adoption are minimal. His ankles are enlarged which is also a negative for him. This little gelding worked hard and earned over $350,000 for his connections. He raced in allowence and black type races before he decended in the claiming ranks but that does not matter. And neither does the fact that racing has left him with big ankles, a spent body and a very uncertain future at just 9 yrs. old, an age when he should be at his prime.

  10. The doping cocktails are used to mask chronic issues so that they can maintain their primary goal of filling races to increase wagering profits.
    When the racehorses become maimed/crippled, if they make it out alive, they become a liability because it can no longer fill races.
    The industry supports trainers who knowingly or possibly send out sore horses by using dope to get them out on the track in order to placate the HBPA and other wagering entities.
    This is precisely why the medical records are kept secret because most of them would clearly show that the majority of racehorses in active training/racing have serious enough issues that would negate rest in the normal world.
    These trainers play Russian Roulette with racehorses lives every single day, and they know that the HBPA and the wagering entities will defend them when they are caught in most cases.
    That’s precisely why multiple drug violating trainers who have multiple racehorses drop dead under their direct training methods are continuously re-licensed because they ensure that horses pay the price for the profits.
    Of course this is all done under the guise of “loving” and “caring” for the racehorses or they are so delusional that they actually think that doping a horse, sending it out with issues, and risking its life is okay.
    It’s not okay.

  11. this exact same thing happened yesterday and I can’t get the image out of my mind. However, I can’t find anything on the news about it but it was exactly as you described. The children is front of me left right after that …..

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