The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Corey Q was “euthanized due to unresolved and worsening pneumonia” at Finger Lakes yesterday. They were quick to add that this was a “non-racing incident,” as if that somehow absolves Racing of culpability. It does not. All deaths in horseracing are by horseracing. Corey Q was five and had been put to the whip 25 times, most recently at Presque Isle just last month.
Last week, the owners of the $1 million-earning Magnum Moon announced that he was euthanized at a hospital in NY “after over a year-long battle with laminitis.” Apparently, he was injured – “multiple fractures” – training at Belmont in June 2018. Given his “pedigree” and success (he had just been raced in the Derby), extraordinary efforts were then undertaken to save him – for the breeding shed, of course. So, in all probability, he suffered much more than he should have, more than the average horse would have (because the average horse would have been euthanized then and there) because of simple (and yet more) human greed. Vile enough, but then we have to be subjected to the loathsome utterances of those humans:
“He was a special colt that was obviously talented on the racetrack but also very smart and courageous during his treatment. Magnum Moon was all class until the very end. We cherished him dearly and thank him for all the joy, great times, and for the inspiration he brought to our lives.” – owners Lawana and Robert Low
“It’s a sad day for our entire team. He came to us with high expectations and delivered in a huge way. I’m sorry he won’t get to pass on his heart and talent.” – trainer Todd Pletcher
I hold this industry, these people, in contempt.