Total Fidelity, a 2-year-old being prepped for her first race, was killed at Saratoga yesterday morning. Officially (Gaming Commission): “suffered fracture to LF sesamoids during training. Euthanized.”
As I’ve previously written, NYRA’s “safer racing” is a lie. Let’s just look at sacrosanct Saratoga, the crown jewel of NY racing and one of the most celebrated tracks in the world: From 2009-2012, 51 horses died at Saratoga, 12.75 per summer. From 2013 – when the “Task Force’s” reforms and safety measures were implemented – through 2018, 87 dead, or 14.5 per. That’s an almost 15% increase. And here we are, not even a full week into the 2019 season, at five dead horses. At some point, the people walking through those turnstiles (and past our protesters handing out fact-laden leaflets) must come to a moral reckoning – no patrons/bettors, no races; no races, no kills.
Golden Julia, May 25, Saratoga T (died May 30) – “horse died from acute blood loss”
Investment Analyst, Jun 7, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Gattino Marrone, Jul 3, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids – euthanized”
Fight Night, Jul 12, Saratoga R – “suffered a catastrophic fracture”
Total Fidelity, Jul 14, Saratoga T – “suffered fracture to sesamoids – euthanized”