Recently, in advance of the resumption of racing at its tracks, the New York Racing Association issued a statement that included this: “The New York Racing Association (NYRA) today announced a number of safety initiatives…for the upcoming meet at Belmont Park. … The safety and welfare of horses…is our highest priority.”
With that in mind, consider this from Belmont yesterday:
Truck Salesman “sustained LF leg injury while breezing [a training term]” – euthanized where he lay.
Brahe “sustained injuries to both [italics added] front legs while breezing” – euthanized where he lay.
Abraxan “pulled up at 1/8 pole [with] leg injury” – euthanized back in the barn.
Without running a single race in 2020, Belmont Park, one of this nation’s most prestigious tracks, has notched 18 dead horses. 18. It ends when, and only when, you the people say, enough.