In yesterday’s finale at Santa Anita, this for 3-year-old Hot American: “…took a bad step and suffered a catastrophic injury to the right front” (Equibase). Dead. Reflecting on this latest Santa Anita kill, BloodHorse’s Jeremy Balan tweeted this:
“Covering this game, you’d think you’d get desensitized to the breakdowns over time. It’s a reality of the business, I know. But if I’m being entirely honest, I think it’s getting harder to deal with each time. It’s just crushing. I can’t imagine how people close to them deal.”
Don’t fight it, Mr. Balan. It’s not a “game” and you shouldn’t get “desensitized” to animals being killed for gambling – ever. Go with that “crushing” feeling and leave. Oh, and as for the “connections” and how they “deal,” don’t suffer any illusions here. Multiple horses are killed on American tracks. Every. Single. Day. In other words, for them, it’s next horse up.