At least two more “equine athletes” were killed in action on U.S. tracks yesterday:
Mary Pray for Us, a cheap 5-year-old mare, was said (by the Equibase writer) to have been “vanned off” after the 1st at Finger Lakes. In fact, she is dead – euthanized where she lay (on the track, that is), according to the NYS Gaming Commission.
In the 5th at Evangeline, “GOODROCKINGIRL moved up to clear into the turn, pulled up sharply in apparent distress soon after and was euthanized” (Equibase). “Pulled up in apparent distress” – dead. She was four and under the whip for the 8th time.
And finally, the latest Santa Anita Stewards Minutes report two “fatalities” for the week June 11-June 17 – one, presumably, was Tiffany Diamond; the other, anonymous.
This is horseracing.