Through a request to the New Jersey Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2017.
Heavy Head, January 21, Monmouth, training
Liscloon, April 7, Meadowlands
“colic”; “carcass removed to M & S Pet Removal” (6-year-old, had been raced 12 times in the first three months of 2017)
Here’s the Moon, May 31, Monmouth, training
Maritime Pulpit, July 13, Monmouth, training
“medial/lateral sesamoid fracture, condylar fracture”
Cool It, July 16, Monmouth, training
“euthanasia due to shock from large laceration with arterial bleeding”
Herriot, July 22, Monmouth, race 6
“complete disruption of suspensory apparatus during race” (third race in three weeks; trainer, Victor Russo)
Big Man Rocket, July 23, Monmouth, training
“euthanasia due to an inoperable carpal fracture”
Cosmic Ruby, December 19, Westampton Training Center, training
“died in stall – complication of routine surgery” (3-year-old coming off consecutive last-place finishes – combined 83 lengths back)
There can be no moral defense for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.