“Took a Bad Step” – Yet Another Racehorse Killed at Santa Anita

Kid Cantina’s run in the 6th at Santa Anita yesterday (Equibase): “KID CANTINA…dueled along the rail, stalked into the backstretch, took a bad step early on the backstretch and was pulled up in distress and vanned off.” The “bad step,” the “distress,” we now know, ended in death. Kid Cantina (below) turned three yesterday.


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  1. Jesus H Christ do you people never ever learn anything. This gorgeous animal just turned 3 what in the hell was it doing racing already. It was too young, the bones not developed and unfortunately it had the incredibly bad luck of being owned and trained by another bunch of god damn losers. You people should all be shot – you not not deserve to live when you do this abuse to these horses. You are not horsemen in any sense of the word – you are abusers and there is no other title deserving of any of you bastards.

  2. KID CANTINA – so sorry for you, and it makes it particularly heartbreaking to see your bright eyes and beautiful face alive in your stall before they killed you.
    Kid Cantina had 5 starts and he was only 2 years old for 4 of those starts.
    Reputable peer-reviewed equine studies have proven, time and again, that there’s no such thing as a “bad step.”
    The go to “bad step” excuse often used by this industry is a delusion, and more like a euphemism because it focuses the blame on everything else, but the truth.
    The truth is these racehorses start with issues at a very young age, especially when they are started at 2, the issue gets continually masked with potent drugs, and the issue becomes much more serious over time.
    The owners know this because they pay the vet bills, and the trainers know this because they usually permit the ongoing use of dope to mask the issue that has now become a chronic one.
    They take the risk just one more time, to pick up another check, only this time Kid Cantina’s (most likely) chronic issues became insurmountable – he lost the game of Russian Roulette that is played out on tracks all over the country, every single day, every single race.
    The doping/vet records are kept secret, no transparency, and the tracks like it that way because they want their races filled, and their wagering coffers too.
    There are little to no investigations, and any investigation leads to nowhere – merely public wallpaper.

  3. Their hooves aren’t even mature at two. Two years old is too young to be riding a horse, let alone training and riding hard. The racing industry is entirely skewed toward adrenalin thrills and making money and has zero concern for the actual welfare of the horses. The horses are non-existent in terms of their intrinsic value as high-level mammals with strong ties to the herd and ability to bond with humans. They are treated like machines and literally discarded when their financial value deteriorates. This is a very ugly business. But I actually find most “sports” that rely on animals involve abuse of the animals so people can have fun. Horses have a rough go in every venue. But racing is particularly destructive. Continued pressure on the racing industry is needed, and protective legislation is the goal. If we cannot change hearts, we must legislate morality.

    Two years old … should not even be under saddle. What an ugly industry, destroying babies.

  4. The business will not stop racing the 2 yr. old horses because if that were to happen there would be a mass exodus of owners and thus the begining of the end. These owners are in for money and ego. They are in a “hurry” for both, and would not wait for a return on their “investment”.
    From the owners to the trainers and “officials” as well as any others making money on these horses the money is the consideration, not the horse. And all the horses involved have a “birthday” of 1 Jan. So they can be raced before they are chronologically and physiologically 2yrs. old.
    A mare I have was raced before she turned 2. She was foaled the end of May and her first start was on the 2nd of April. The business said she was 2 and what the business says goes. It did not matter that she was one yr. and seven months.
    This is just one example of how racing abuses it’s athletes!

      • And yes, I am aware of how horses are aged in the racing world. The Bureau of Land Management does the same with wild horses, which is where I focus most of my horse advocacy work. I believe across the board, horses are generally aged in this fashion.

      • Yes, humaneobsever, she is doing well. I fiound her when her “career” as a broodmare was over. She never produced “anything” according to the business, meaning her foals, all 6 of them, were not any better than claiming level!!! She was bred because she has a very desirable pedigree in the world of racing but when she failed she had nowhere to go as is the case with all the used up or “failed” broodmares – one more dirty secret in the business.

      • The BLM also goes by the 1st of the year for determining age too? That is crazy. They should make it the 1st of July like thoroughbreds used to be many many years ago! As a practical manner we can see why the BLM would want a universal birthday but it should be closer to when most naturally raised horses are foaled which is late spring early summer for the most part.

  5. As a horsewoman, I have always found them to be beautiful, majestic beings, with huge hearts. I have owned only 4 horses in my life, but I owned 3 of them since they were foals, and did all the gentling, saddle and bridle-wising them myself. I worked for a thoroughbred trainer for about 2 months. The cruelty was more than I could bear. Actual drugging in the stalls, right before post time! Unfortunately, this was in New Jersey, at Monmouth Park, and losing jockeys were washing up on the beaches in garbage bags. Now I’m speaking out. Drugging of horses HAPPENS! Racing is CRUELTY!!!

    • Thank you for speaking out, PJ. I hope you will continue. Your experience is a powerful wakeup to many naive people. Please continue to make known the facts about this industry.

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