The New York Times’ headline from late last night is indicative of the way things are generally being covered in the mainstream media: “Horse Deaths at Santa Anita and Pimlico: Same Day, Same Track Owner.” Sorry, Mr. Drape (article’s writer, racing apologist), this is not about one proprietor, nor is it about drugs: Drape’s go-to on this issue, PETA – who, it must be said, is not seeking to end horseracing – is “calling for a…blood toxicology panel, and for the release of all medication and veterinary records.” Lasix did not kill these horses – and both Drape and PETA know it.
Anyway, there were other deaths on U.S. tracks yesterday, and at least one of them will never see the light of day in the vaunted “newspaper of record.” At cheap Charles Town, Misty Fly sustained the following fate in the 5th: “MISTY FLY…suffered a fatal injury, fell to the ground and was euthanized on the track” (Equibase). Prior to her death-race, the young (three) Misty Fly was being offered up for sale at the bargain-basement price of $5,000. Hence, Mr. Drape and his pen are nowhere to be found.
More likely to garner attention – because it’s another Stronach track – is Gulfstream’s (likely) kill. In the 2nd, Saratoga Breeze “fell and was vanned off.” At least one reputable source has the one-year-old – yes, one – as dead. This would make at least four kills ahead of one of Racing’s high holy days. Good luck managing this maelstrom.
In addition, there were these yesterday:
Kinetic Art “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Belterra
Mr. Carlos “vanned off” at Evangeline
Seeking the Sunset “vanned off” at Pimlico
Blame Joe “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Fusaichi Samurai “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Sheadashingivory “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Plus, multiple others “fell” and could not complete their races.
Horseracing maims. Horseracing kills. Every. Single. Day.