“Found Deceased in Stall 9”

The NYS Gaming Commission reports the following for It’s Cold Out at Finger Lakes Saturday: “horse was found deceased in stall 9 after being treated for digestive issues.” She was six and had been raced 17 times. But – her last race was well over a year ago, in July of 2019. Apparently, trainer Chris Englehart and owner Sheila Englehart could not just let her be, deciding there was still cash to be had from this poor girl. Vile.


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  1. The Englehart Horse Mangling Clan need not blame themselves, nor feel too guilty over the death of It’s Cold Out. After all, she was old. It was her time. She’d lived a long, full life that nearly all other American racehorses could only dream of living. Six years old?! My god, in racing years, that practically makes her an octogenarian.
    Most importantly, she died doing what she loved: writhing in agony, all alone in a 12′ by 12′ box stall while her connections fretted over whether they could patch her back up long enough to get her earning again.
    So, chin up, Engleharts! There’s still plenty more It’s Cold Outs out there for you to sacrifice to the Racing Greed Gods. We have every reason to believe you’re perfectly capable of inflicting all the same tortures on your next hundred or so “lucky” racehorses.

    • It only states that she was treated for digestive issues and that she was found dead in her stall. Who knows what happened in between? The digestive issue could have been in her colon as well, or it could be that she was killed on purpose for all I know. It sounds like there should be an investigation of the Englehart “training” program or whatever it was that caused this mare to die. The New York State Gaming Commission should at the very least suspend the licenses of the owner and the trainer. However IT’S COLD OUT died, it definitely had to be horrible!!!!!

  2. Wanda ..she has not raced in over a year..now had digestive problems (costing cash and not bringing any in to earn her keep)

    • It’s messed up on many levels for sure, Nancy. They could have sold her to a non-racing home that would have taken good care of her and she could still be alive at the age six years in a good home.

      • Rose, I keep hearing that but it does happen in some cases. Unfortunately, the Englehart team did not show that they cared enough. If they did, the outcome would have been much different. There are certain rescues that have Thoroughbreds up for adoption including Finger Lakes.

      • Wanda, most of the reputable rescues are usually full – overwhelmed, in fact. Also, Not all horses are adopted into “good homes” even from the rescues. And as you know, the rescues depend almost entirely on donations and when the economy is in trouble donations dry up while the number of horses in need of help increases.
        The basic problem is too many horses in need, too few “good homes”. The rescues need our help all the time, too.
        It is a challenge to place horses in good situations and runs into money, as you probably know.
        And forget about all the Englehart’s in this game, doing right by the horse is not something they even consider.

      • Please don’t tell me that I am delusional to think that there is even a remote possibility to find a good home for a ten-year-old mare that is still alive… It’s sounds so depressing… I know it’s tough. There are so many horses of several different breeds and types being sent to slaughter.

  3. Oh, and speaking of those loving connections, I just want to give an extra shout-out to jockey David Haldar of Shithole Thistledown fame. I’m pretty sure Patrick will soon tell us all about Mr. Haldar’s “heroics.” But for right now, let’s just say it takes a real manly-man pro-rider jock to earn a placing the way he did in today’s race 3.

    So, congratulations, David Haldar! You deserve every penny of that, what, 14 bucks? Don’t spend it all on a conscience, or anything;)

      • Joy, the only answer I can think of, is these people have no conscience so what’s to keep them awake?! Life for them is easy and breezy. But when it comes to the horses life is tough and brutal.
        I can tell you I have often lost some sleep over the plight of these horses and their suffering. I’m sure I’m not alone

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