At 11:35 this morning, the 1st race at Finger Lakes went off. A couple minutes later, Giant Sandy was “pulled up in distress” and “vanned off.” Shortly thereafter, the 3-year-old was dead – “euthanized due to poor prognosis” (Gaming Commission).
A couple hours later, downstate at Aqueduct, Clear the Ramp, also three, “suffered a catastrophic injury” in the 4th. He, too, was euthanized.
Last year, 100 racehorses lost their lives at New York State tracks. This year, the toll stands at 90 – with over a month to go. The lie of “safer racing” laid bare, yet again.