On a day when the U.S. racing industry celebrated no deaths at the Breeders’ Cup – name one other sport where the athletes surviving the contest is cause for celebration – at least two horses were killed on American tracks yesterday.
In the 4th at Delta Downs, Wicked Proud, says Equibase, “was pulled up soon after the start and euthanized.” He was five years old; this was his 28th time under the whip.
Earlier, up the road from Santa Anita, Wilhelmina’s Girl “broke down” in the 2nd at Golden Gate, and, I have confirmed, was euthanized. To add insult to kill, Wilhelmina’s Girl was “For Sale” – for a measly $4,000 – immediately prior to dying. Simple chattel, to be used and eventually trashed, in one form or another – this is horseracing.