Last week, I reported on a kill at Thistledown (actually, kills on back-to-back days). But I had it on good authority that two other horses died that day (September 11). So, I contacted the Ohio State Racing Commission; Wednesday, I received confirmation:
In the 1st race, She’s Flat Out “fractured right front ankle at 3/8 pole” – euthanized. She’s Flat Out was four and under the whip for the 36th time.
Prior to the 2nd race, Zippit Yankee – but a “scratch” on the chart – “injured [his] tail and fractured vertebrae in [the] gate” – euthanized where he lay. Imagine that scene.
In all, Thistledown killed four horses – just racing, mind you – in two days.
Defend that, apologists.