Just disclosed by the NYS Gaming Commission (why the delay?): Gattino Marrone “fractured sesamoids” training at Saratoga July 3 – dead. The 3-year-old becomes Saratoga’s third victim on the season – a season that officially opened yesterday.
Also, a yet-to-be-named 2-year-old broke down training at Belmont yesterday morning – “ambulanced to barn, euthanized.” He/she is the 21st dead racehorse at Belmont since the 1st of the year. NYRA’s vaunted safety program exposed – again.