Another Death at Belmont

The NYS Gaming Commission has disclosed the death of Cerretalto Friday at Belmont: “colic…euthanized due to poor prognosis.” Cerretalto was six and had been raced 17 times. His last training session came two weeks before his death.

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  1. “Lucky” for poor Cerretalto that he died in New York, where they at least take their dead racehorse reporting seriously. In California, they’d have hustled him off CHRB-licensed property for treatment (and/or euthanasia), so his death would never need to be publicly reported.

    Makes me wonder: How many Cali Cerretaltos is the CHRB hiding?

    • Do they, the racing commissioners, have a formal or informal agreement between them, undisclosed to the public, that they determine who will be the “scapegoat” of horse racing kills reported to the public, by rolling the dice or some such thing???

      • Your guess is as good as mine, Wanda. From my recent experiences tuning into the CHRB meetings, though, I’d say the Board knows full well that their own public Kill List is FAR from all-inclusive. I imagine other racing jurisdictions use similar methods to thwart the good people within their state from finding out the true scope of their non-stop racehorse killing sprees. That is, if they even bother to report them at all.
        Also, I don’t think they need to roll the dice or draw straws anymore. These days, they probably have a Dead Horse Acceptance Algorithm on their phones; tells ’em when it’s okay to admit another one;(

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