Gideon Seelster is dead after being injured in the 3rd at Monticello last Thursday. He was five. Two days later, Unrighteous “collapsed and died” while training at Saratoga – “collapsed and died,” that is, at three. As to the latter, just a few months back the New York Racing Association announced the following on its website:
“The safety and welfare of horses and jockeys competing at NYRA tracks is our highest priority. NYRA is committed to providing the safest possible environment for racing and training by adopting and implementing the best proven safety practices in consultation with independent experts, veterinarians, horsemen and regulators.”
To date, 37 horses have been killed at Belmont, 19 at Saratoga. Add to that the 3 at Aqueduct and NYRA can now boast 59 dead at its tracks this year. 59. “Safety and welfare is our highest priority”; “committed to the safest possible environment”; “best proven safety practices.” It’s more than disingenuous, folks; it’s obscene.