Saratoga Race Course has recorded its first kill of the season with the death of Todd Pletcher-trained Cloud yesterday. According to the Gaming Commission, Cloud “sustained leg injury breezing on training track; ambulanced to Rood and Riddle where exam revelaed [sic] necessity for euthanization.” Cloud was but two years old – a babe – and was being prepped for his debut.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) lie – “reform,” “equine welfare” – continues to be exposed: This is the 26th death of the (Covid-curtailed) year at a NYRA track (Aqueduct, Belmont, Saratoga). Over the past three full years (’17-’19), over 200 horses have lost their lives at NYRA tracks. Saratoga, perhaps America’s preeminent track, averages over 14 dead a summer. Yes, a lie. Horseracing kills, always has, always will.