Two More Kills at Belmont; Governor Cuomo, End This Carnage

As NYRA celebrates the opening of Saratoga today, a bit farther south the killing continues, unabated, at Saratoga’s sister track. The Gaming Commission has disclosed two more deaths at Belmont Park, bringing that track’s 2020 toll to 29. That’s 29 fully sentient – intelligent, sensitive, feeling, aware – beings destroyed, for gambling.

In the 6th race Sunday, Crater Rim “was vanned off after the finish.” Turns out, the 6-year-old suffered a lacerated tendon. Dead. Tuesday, 5-year-old Bourbon High broke down during morning training. Dead.

The Belmont 29:

Yorkiepoo Princess, Jan 3, Belmont S – “severe laminitis…euthanized in her stall”
Jewel Can Disco, Jan 20, Belmont T – “sustained an injury while breezing…euthanized”
A Freud of Mama, Jan 24, Belmont T (euthanized Feb 8) – “passed after complications”
yet-to-be-named, Jan 30, Belmont T – “shaft fracture…euthanized on the track”
Krugerrand, Mar 9, Belmont S – “severe laminitis” (two years old)
Starting Point, Mar 22, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury – euthanasia”
Peter’s Project, Apr 1, Belmont S – “colic, worsened throughout day…euthanasia”
Pals Invader, Apr 17, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury at the 7/8 pole”
Appealing Briefs, Apr 23, Belmont S – “euthanized due to poor prognosis of cellulitis”
O’Bushido, May 4, Belmont S – “found deceased in stall”
Call Paul, May 6, Belmont T – “sustained injury to LH leg…necessitating euthanasia”
Schiller’s Lit, May 18, Belmont T (euthanized May 21) – “acutely lame”
Lil Morning Star, May 21, Belmont T – “injury to left front leg”
Shock Therapy, May 25, Belmont S – “pleuropneumonia, laminitis”
Bluegrass Jamboree, May 28, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse – expired on track”
Truck Salesman, May 31, Belmont T – “leg injury while breezing, euthanized on track”
Brahe, May 31, Belmont T – “injuries to both front legs…euthanasia on track”
Abraxan, May 31, Belmont T – “leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Too Fast to Pass, Jun 3, Belmont R (euthanized Jun 12) – “injury to left front”
Chouchou de Boo, Jun 4, Belmont T – “several injuries…euthanized”
Freedom Prince, Jun 5, Belmont S – “taken to hospital…euthanized”
Talako, Jun 7, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Mystical Song, Jun 17, Belmont S – “found dead in stall…gastrointestinal disease”
Smidge, Jun 18, Belmont R – “sustained injury to left rear leg”
Bonspiel, Jun 23, Belmont T – “fracture, surgical repair failed, euthanized”
Option Value, Jun 27, Belmont T – “sustained injury, vanned off, euthanized”
Yellow Brick Road, Jul 12, Belmont T – “suffered injury near finish line – euthanized”
Crater Rim, Jul 12, Belmont R – “vanned off with lacerated tendon, euthanized”
Bourbon High, Jul 14, Belmont T – “sesamoid fracture, euthanized”

Voice your outrage: Link this post. Cite data from this website. Tell them horseracing is animal cruelty; tell them horseracing must end.

Governor Cuomo (on Twitter: @NYGovCuomo)
Senator Schumer (on Twitter: @SenSchumer)
Senator Gillibrand (on Twitter: @SenGillibrand)
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  1. This is sickening! The killing never stops! The cruelty and torture of horseracing is an abomination! It needs to be stopped!!!

  2. Saratoga hosts the barbaric steeplechase. Maybe with the current pandemic situation they will postpone that part of their itinerary this year.

  3. Glad you mentioned Saratoga and their triumphant return today, Patrick. Because while you’re naming two (more) Actual Kills at Belmont, There were two more Almost-Kills (or, more accurately, two more Soon-to-Be Kills) at Saratoga, on their big, first day of COVID Racing.
    And, while you won’t post these unconfirmed injuries (because, unlike every single member of the racing press, you have actual integrity and credibility), I am under no such mandate not to note them. I’ll scream it from the rooftops that not one, but two horses on the Saratoga COVID-Card Did Not Finish(!) their respective races today because they were TOO INJURED/LAME/PRE-BROKEN to do so. Neither was vanned off, though, so we can all expect a similar (or worse) result in their next races — if either even has any, and doesn’t suddenly “retire” or mysteriously “disappear.”

    I’ve come to learn that being “Vanned off” (or even “Euthanized on Track”) is not even the worst fate racehorses suffer while actively racing. In many ways, a “DNF” is a WORSE harbinger for the horse. It usually indicates they’ll continue to be raced (abused) right up until the moment they DO become that dreaded Van or Euth:(

  4. Two more very young horses, Crater Rim and Bourbon High, murdered by those who not only do not care but obviously harbor disdain for these animals. Please, let’s get racing banned forever. RIP to these victims.

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