In the 8th at Fair Grounds yesterday, Oxford Comma “went wrong at the three-sixteenths and was vanned off” (Equibase). However, this being a stakes race, we now know (multiple sources) that the 4-year-old is dead, euthanized for her injuries.
While “thoughts [were] going out to the connections” of Oxford (on an apologist website), another racehorse died in relative anonymity. In the 4th at Parx yesterday, R Power Grid “suffered a serious injury to his left front leaving the backstretch and was subsequently euthanized.” Why the apathy from racing fans? R Power Grid was a cheap claimer – he was “For Sale” at $5,000 moments before dying – toiling at a cheap track. The 5-year-old was under the whip for the 41st time.
The NYS Gaming Commission has disclosed that 2-year-old Queen Bode was euthanized at Ruffian Hospital on March 3. No other details were released. At the time of her death, Queen Bode was being prepped for her first race.
Finally, in the most recent minutes from Los Alamitos, “two equine deaths were reported this week due to racing injuries”; the “week” in question comprised three days – February 22-24. As is typical, the stewards did not identify the dead, but it’s a good bet that one was Rosiescruella who was “vanned off” after a “win” on the 24th.
Dead horses every day – this is horseracing.