6-year-old Hey Willie in the 6th at Charles Town last night, as relayed by Equibase: “Hey Willie…was headed nearing the three eighths pole, showed no response to steady urging from that point [did not run faster after being whipped], faded readily on the far turn, eased in the stretch, collapsed post race and was euthanized.”
Freespin N in the 10th at Monticello Thursday: “broke down in stretch – euthanized.” Freespin N was 11 (on average, harness horses are abused for longer periods of time). He is the 8th dead horse at Monticello this year, one off the high (since Gaming Commission introduced database in 2009) set in 2010; in the past three years combined, Monticello has recorded 9 deaths. Now, 8 – with several months to go. Progress, as measured by NYS Racing.