Saratoga, again. Giuseppe the Great was euthanized today for “severe laminitis.” For those who may try to dismiss this as a “non-racing” casualty – read: “not on us” – that old sleight of hand won’t work anymore. First, any horse who dies whilst still in servitude to the industry is an industry casualty. Full stop. But second, Giuseppe the Great was very much active in this current Saratoga meet: raced twice (after two spring starts at Saratoga’s sister track, Belmont), worked out three times. So yes, Nick Zito, you and all your brethren own this kill, just the same as if Giuseppe had snapped his neck or severed his spine (yes, that happens) out on the track.
Giuseppe makes it 6 dead this week at Saratoga, 9 since last Friday, 15 on the summer. Officially, the track now stands at one over its historical average. In other words, ignore all their blather (“reforms,” “safety initiatives”). Horseracing is inherently cruel and inevitably deadly.