The Woodbine (Canada) Communications Office has announced the death of five Standardbred racehorses in a fire at the First Line Training Centre Friday. The victims: Pearl Blue Chip, Mademoiselle Tammy, Rap Royalty, Miss Wheely, and Irma. The press release included this (typical) bit of vileness: “Woodbine offers our sincerest condolences to all the connections of the horses lost and everyone impacted by this tragic event.” Yes, hearts out to the anguished humans.
Look, I’ll say the same thing I say every time one of these fires happens: Horseracing, the industry, is absolutely and unequivocally responsible for these deaths. If not for Racing, those horses would not have been in that place, at that time. If not for Racing, those horses would not have been locked up with, unlike their wild brethren faced with a prairie fire, zero chance for escape. Imagine the scene inside that barn – the utter helplessness, the sheer terror, the unspeakable suffering. And now remember who made it all possible. Horseracing. Horseracing.