After I questioned the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission as to why there have been no updates on their public “Mortality Reviews” since August, three appeared yesterday. Two were already known – Fast Dreamer and Stella d’Oro at Keeneland in October (because Keeneland, unlike all of Kentucky’s other tracks, is now disclosing deaths, at least the racing ones, as they happen) – but there is a new one.
After finishing 11th (of 12) in the 9th at Churchill September 21, 2-year-old Allied Party was “vanned” back to the barn. X-rays followed. Then: “She was euthanized after determining that the injuries were too severe to give anything but a grave prognosis.” The official injury: “right forelimb, closed, comminuted slab fractures of the third carpal bone and the fourth carpal bone; there were also fractures off [sic] both the radial carpal and intermediate carpal bones.” That’s multiple broken bones for this poor filly – and for nothing more than $2 bets, entertainment. This is horseracing.