The 5th at Los Alamitos Friday was 2-year-old Equilibrio’s first time under the whip. It was also his last. On Equibase, he was “injured, pulled up”; at Los Al, “injured” almost always means dead. And indeed he is, as confirmed in an email from the CHRB: “This horse was euthanized.” “This horse” is the 25th dead one at that track this year.
Meanwhile, the Belmont kill-machine keeps humming, too. Yesterday morning, the Chad Brown-trained Option Value “sustained injury while breezing, [was] vanned off and euthanized.” He was three and had been raced once, way back in August of last year at Saratoga. Not to be outdone, Belmont now stands at 26 killed.
That’s 51 dead racehorses at just two tracks, in this, a covid-contracted year. Reform is a lie. To stop this carnage, horseracing must end. To effect that, we must apply unrelenting pressure on the powers that be.