The NYS Gaming Commission has just updated its database and yes, I have three more deaths to report, all at Saratoga: Highly Uncertain, Monday, colic. She was two and had yet to be raced. Zunith Moon, also Monday, fractured leg while training. He, too, was two; he had been raced once. Siena’s Ticket, Wednesday, “severe” laminitis. She was three and coming off a last, 25 lengths back at Saratoga in July.
With this recent barrage (seven in six days), Saratoga now counts 13 dead horses on the summer. For those who may think that high, I remind that this much-celebrated track, considered one of U.S. Racing’s crown jewels, averages 14 deaths a summer (going back to 2009 when the state began making these things public). Imagine that.
Voice your outrage: Link this post. Cite data from this website. Tell them horseracing is animal cruelty; horseracing must end.
Assembly Speaker Heastie
Majority Leader Cousins
“Domestic Animal Welfare” Committee
NYS State Senators