On the same day that NY recorded its 94th death of the year, California notched its 95th. At Golden Gate Saturday, Love Wins, a 2-year-old filly, died from what the track calls “other,” meaning (supposedly) not on the track. Still, Love Wins was raced exactly one week prior to dying – finishing, by the way, dead-last of 10, “never threatened.” So perhaps it was track-related after all. No matter, though, for a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse. Casualties of this vile business, all.
My heart is breaking, what is going on that is 189 horses DEAD in two city’s surely something can be done to stop this barbaric killing.
Something MUST be done. Deaths of these beautiful majestic horses is TOTALLY unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who knows how many Thoroughbred race horses were being killed one-hundred years ago…? I expect the racing participants of the industry were killing just as many young, immature horses in 1920 as they are in 2020. It is a very cruel business. The slaughterhouses were much closer also, since they were in operation within the borders of the United States. So, horses could have disappeared never to be heard from ever again just as they are in this day and time, except I think it would have been easier for the deviant-minded horse killers to get away with it back then. I believe there is much more scrutiny today.
Horse racing was ILL-CONCEIVED from the word “go”. Horses have a very long lifespan, they only race a very tiny percentage of that long life, the idiots never took THAT into account, too difficult for these mental midgets in this industry. Never came up with a game plan,as to what to do with them when their racing days are done! F’n IDIOTS.
I understand during the 50’s in the westerns they had trip wires for the battles
So how many were injured before the animal welfare groups monitored?
Nancy, all I know is RELIEF cannot come fast enough for these dear sweet INNOCENT souls. #stopthekillingandmaiming, put it up to a National Will of the people vote… it would be gone in a heartbeat!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was thinking of exactly that as well, Nancy. In the 1930s movies starring John Wayne, they used those extremely inhumane trip wires. It was ghastly!!! I wonder how many different white horses the movie studio had to have to fill in for the ones that were so callously tripped. I think they did have a plan for what to do with injured horses, both movie stunt horses and race horses. I know it isn’t/wasn’t a humane choice or plan.
From my information it was Harry Carey and Jr. were the suppliers of those stunt horses. Look up the Charge of the Light Brigade to see who supplied the hundreds of horses that died in the making of that movie. There are so many more such as Ben Hur………….
And the movie where the horse had to jump off the cliff. I can’ t think of the name .
I would also look at how much “life” insurance the filly had? More than she was able to earn?
No, that’s not possible. Insurance policies are issued on an actuarial assessment of the value of the horse but the actual payout is based on the value of the horse at the time of death. If for example, you have a well bred horse for which you paid a million dollars you can get a mortality policy with a face value of a million dollars and an annual premium of $50,000. If you then race it in $25,000 claimer and it dies the policy will pay $25,000 because that’s the current value of the horse. Think of the face value of the policy as the maximum. It’s exactly the same way an auto insurance policy works. You might have a $50,000 car on which you still owe $40,000. If it’s totaled and the blue book value is $30,000 the insurance company will only pay $30,000, and you’re stuck paying the bank the $10,000 difference. It’s a general rule of property insurance, you can’t collect more than the value of the loss at the time of the loss.
Alan, excellent answer. There is only one thing I can add and that is that the insurance companies offer some type of coverage that pays the rest of what you owe on the car if it’s totalled before it’s paid for. I have no idea if there is similar coverage for horses; if a horse is killed before it’s paid for…?