The 3rd at Thistledown yesterday, as relayed by Equibase: “Beltway pressured the winner two wide while between horses for a half, suffered an injury…and was euthanized.” Beltway was five; ’twas his 33rd time under the whip.
The day before, same track (race 6): “Blues Story offered a bid two wide into the stretch, was outfinished, injured after the wire and vanned off.” In fact, I can confirm, he, too, is dead. Blues Story was seven and under the whip for the 32nd time.
The horseracing people have sold what they do as sport, and the horses athletes, for over 150 years. What do you suppose would happen, what would the public reaction be, if any other accepted sport on the planet suffered the death of two athletes at the same venue in back-to-back days? Please. Horseracing is a sport only to the willfully ignorant. (For perspective on how Racing compares – in terms of “tragedy” – to the four major U.S. sports, see this from last year.)