The CHRB has disclosed yet another kill at Los Alamitos: Secret Tonight in the 5th Saturday. The 3-year-old is the 32nd victim at Los Al this year and first since the track emerged from “probation” late last month with the promise of “new safety protocols.”
At the risk of being tediously repetitive, here we go again: From breeding for speed (big torsos, spindly legs); to working pubescent bodies (the typical horse doesn’t fully mature until six; the typical racehorse begins training at 18 months); to the incessant grinding of those bodies (if they’re not racing, they’re not earning); to forcing them to “race” at an unnatural rate (breakneck), in an unnatural way (always counter-clockwise), through unnatural means (perched, whip-wielding humans); to the commodification (the average racehorse is bought and sold several times over the course of his so-called career, making his long-term well-being of no concern to his current people) – horseracing guarantees a certain level of killing. Guarantees. Which makes all their talk of “cleaner, safer racing” simple, unadulterated bunk.