As has been well-documented here, Kentucky Racing is cagey about its dead horses: Commission FOIA documents, which I’m currently working on, redact almost all identifying information; the chartwriters there eschew the standard killed-euphemism “broke down” in favor of the decidedly more nebulous “went wrong.” Friday at Keeneland, Amandine was one of those and, no surprise, is indeed dead.
Amandine, it should be noted, was part of the exodus from California in the wake of new drugging rules and (because of the searing scrutiny) on-edge horsemen. (These departures have forced Santa Anita to cancel at least the next few Thursday cards – not enough horses to race.) In fact, prior to dying in Kentucky, Amandine’s most recent four races all came during Santa Anita’s current meet. Perhaps that’s meaningful, perhaps not. But in the end, it matters not a whit where these horses die, for you can’t, in any meaningful way, separate out, or draw distinctions among, the various tracks and states. U.S Horseracing is a single entity; a kill at one is a kill for all.