Belmont Park has ended the year fittingly – with yet another kill. Cairo Beauty, the Gaming Commission says, was euthanized Wednesday “due to complication during surgery from a prevous [sic] injury on 12/20.” This one, it appears, the Commission got right by calling it a “training” death – as opposed, that is, to the deception on the other Belmont kill from Wednesday, Rock N Warrior. The Philip Serpe-trained Cairo was two years old; she was being prepped for her debut.
While the book is not quite closed yet on 2020, for now Belmont stands at 54 dead racehorses; at all NYS tracks, 99 – or the exact same amount as the two previous calendar years, 2018 and 2019. And racing/training was down this year because of the pandemic. What I’m trying to say is, with all the intense scrutiny on deaths (thanks to Santa Anita) and the supposed reforms that have come in its wake, exactly nothing has changed. Nor will it. Horseracing kills horses – always has, always will.