While true that Standardbreds do not die as often as their Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse cousins, they do still die. (Having said that, life on the harness circuit is just as cruel and mean and in fact usually persists longer than the other forms of racing, with the typical Standardbred’s servitude lasting up to ten years and beyond; after the racing people have had their way, the abuse often continues under the heavy hand of groups like the Amish. Then, for many or most, those same Canadian and Mexican slaughterhouses.) In the 5th at Yonkers Saturday, this, according to the NYS Gaming Commission: Bright Diamond N, “died on racetrack.” Yes, just “died on racetrack” – how’s that for sensitive and caring? Bright Diamond N was five years old.
This is horseracing.