Noble Cause, a “choppy-gaited, hobbled his way down the lane, subsequently vanned off” on the chart at Belmont Saturday, is dead – euthanized back in the barn, says the NYS Gaming Commission. He had yet to turn three; this was his third race.
Also Saturday, Facade was euthanized for colic at Finger Lakes. The 5-year-old had been put to the whip 19 times, all but one in “claiming” races, meaning this poor horse was practically in a constant state of “For Sale.” Simple chattel, an expendable thing.
This is horseracing.