Prospect Mountain, training yesterday at Belmont: “colt sustained mid-body fractures while breezing…euthanized due to his injuries.” Prospect had been raced four times, all at Aqueduct. He died on his third birthday.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA), ever proud of its “safety record,” has now seen 9 horses perish at its tracks (Saratoga, obviously, is not active yet) in the not-even-two-month-old new year. Bigger picture: Since 2009, when the state began making these things public, 916 (that we know of) racehorses have died at the three NYRA tracks – an average of 76 per year. 21st Century America, or 1st Century Rome?
The 2021 NYRA Dead…so far
Sander’s Empire, Jan 1, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury, euthanized on track”
Escape, Jan 1, Belmont T (euthanized Jan 3) – “collapsed while breezing”
All Mo, Jan 7, Belmont T – “open distal radial fracture”
Spy Story, Jan 8, Aqueduct R – “took bad steps”
Cerretalto, Jan 29, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Oh My Papa, Feb 4, Belmont T – “suffered injuries while breezing”
Daytime Doll, Feb 6, Belmont T – “pulled up…euthanized on track”
Nisbet Beach, Feb 15, Aqueduct R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Prospect Mountain, Feb 20, Belmont T – “sustained mid-body fractures”
End the subsidies. End the cruelty. End the killing. End horseracing.