In 2017, the hallowed Saratoga Race Course recorded what was, at the time, a record 21 deaths. (The Gaming Commission did not begin releasing numbers till 2009, so who knows if it was truly a record.) There was, you might remember, a fair amount of handwringing, as the killing made national news. What I repeatedly reminded back then is that Saratoga averages 14 dead a summer (again, since 2009), so the toll wasn’t really that extraordinary. In any event, three years later, three years, that is, of incessant talk of state-of-the-science safety protocols, the primacy of “equine welfare,” “a standard that should be emulated across the country,” Saratoga finished its 2020 racing/training season with . . . 21 deaths. In other words, folks, “reform” is a ruse; “safe racing” is a lie. Horseracing kills horses, inherently. Full stop.
Longtime advocate (and HW supporter) Linda Rydant produced the following. Thank you, Linda.