3-year-old Boom Boom Bango was killed in her very first race Sunday at Santa Anita. Apparently, the filly snapped both front legs – yes, both front legs. In reporting the incident for the Daily Racing Form, Jay Privman said this: “Screen is up for Boom Boom Bango, so it’s pretty obvious what her fate appears to be.” “Her fate.” Still, as is their (the apologists) wont, most of Privman’s attention went to the dinged-up jockey.
While we here at Horseracing Wrongs focus on the U.S. industry, we do on occasion relay goings-on abroad. In the just-concluded Cheltenham Festival in England, six horses were killed in just four days – four on the final day alone. The RSPCA (BBC): “The fatalities are extremely concerning and it is essential that the announced review by the racing industry must be completely comprehensive to reduce the likelihood of such tragedies occurring again.” Wouldn’t it have been nice if the RSPCA, the oldest animal-advocacy organization in the world, had instead said this: There is no place for the barbaric killing of sentient beings for gambling in the 21st Century. End it. Now.