In back-to-back races at Laurel Park yesterday (Equibase):
In the 8th, “MARKEESA, four wide, ranged up to loom boldly in upper stretch, lost her rider after sustaining a catastrophic injury in mid stretch then was euthanized.” Markeesa was two; this was her 3rd time under the whip. In her first two races, she finished second-to-last and last, a combined 25 lengths back.
In the 9th, “AMIGO, four wide the first turn, failed to be a factor, pulled up lame near the eighth pole and was euthanized.” Amigo was seven; this was his 30th time under the whip. In his last four races (prior to this one), he was a “Did Not Finish” twice.
With these two, Laurel has notched three kills in two days (Minor Legend Saturday). How proud they must be. And what of the people in the stands and the others who placed bets across the country? Well, had they not gone or wagered, Laurel could not have held those races; no races, no dead horses this morning. It’s as simple as that. Do the right thing: Stop supporting this wickedness. End horseracing. Now.