Saratoga Race Course, one of U.S. Racing’s crown jewels, has moved closer yet to its historical average of 14 dead “athletes” per season as Forbade, a 2-year-old being prepped for his first race, was killed training there Monday. NYRA, you may remember, sounded ever so impressive with its 2017 late-summer “equine health and safety” statement, which touted the following “measures”:
“increased veterinary presence during training hours”
“state-of-the-art monitoring of horses”
“the strictest equine medication rules in North America”
“comprehensive trainer education”
“extensive and continuous testing of racing and training surfaces”
And yet, here we are, right where we’ve always been. Hmm.