“Collapsed, Died on Track” at Charles Town; 15th Kill at Saratoga

Brave Spirited in the 5th at Charles Town last night, as relayed by Equibase: “Brave Spirited chased the pace inside, was taken in hand past the quarter pole, collapsed midway on the turn and died on the track.”

“Collapsed…and died on the track” – Brave Spirited was but three years old. ‘Twas his first time under the whip.

And yet another at Saratoga. So Surprising broke down training yesterday morning. She was two and being prepped for her debut (probably at Belmont). For Saratoga, that’s 15 dead – now above its historical average – and counting:

Golden Julia, May 30, stall, “found distressed in stall…died from acute blood loss”
Golden Julia was two years old and coming off a training session just five days prior.

Investment Analyst, Jun 7, training, “sustained leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Investment Analyst was two years old; he was being prepped for his first race.

Gattino Marrone, Jul 3, training, “fractured sesamoids, euthanized”
Gattino Marrone was three years old and had been put to the whip 6 times.

Fight Night, Jul 12, racing, “fell heavily after the wire, euthanized on track”
Fight Night was three years old, and this was her 5th time under the whip.

Total Fidelity, Jul 14, training, “suffered fracture to LF sesamoids, euthanized”
Total Fidelity was two years old; she was being prepped for her first race.

Overlord, Jul 15, stall, “colonic rupture, euthanized”
Overlord was three years old and coming off a training session just one week prior.

Verravanni, Jul 25, stall, “pleuropneumonia”
Verravanni was two years old and coming off a training session just eight days prior.

Misspent Youth, Jul 27, training, “cardiovascular collapse”
Misspent Youth was five years old and had been put to the whip 13 times.

Umetuka, Jul 31, training, “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Umetuka was four years old and had been put to the whip 9 times.

Divine Miss Grey, Aug 3, racing (euth Aug 26), “complications [after] surgery”
Divine Miss Grey was five years old, and this was her 26th time under the whip.

Sundae On Sunday, Aug 4, racing, “collapsed, euthanized”
Sundae On Sunday was ten years old, and this was his 61st time under the whip.

Go Big Or Go Home, Aug 28, racing, “went wrong, euthanized”
Go Big Or Go Home was five, and this was his 22nd time under the whip.

Sister Beauty, Aug 31, training, “ambulanced to [hospital], inoperable, euthanized”
Sister Beauty was two years old and had been put to the whip twice.

Borough Boy, Sep 2, racing, “took a bad step, fell heavily”
Borough Boy was three years old, and this was his 6th time under the whip.

So Surprising, Sep 7, training, “fractured sesamoids, euthanized”
So Surprising was two years old; she was being prepped for her first race.

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  1. It’s barbaric and it’s getting worse. I have no idea how the jockeys, Trainers and owners live with Carnage they are creating. Is there no humanity left when money is involved. Sick to my stomach

  2. “Was taken in hand” of course means the jockey was beating the shit out of him. Another horse just collapses and dies and there is still no call for investigation, no suspension of races, not even a disturbing of the general public. It’s truly frightening what people will accept, endorse, and support when there’s money involved.

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