Shartle, a 2-year-old colt, was injured in the 5th at Turfway January 8. This is what ensued, according to the Racing Commission: “The on-track veterinarian summoned the ambulance and administered a sedative/analgesic to allow for application of the Kimzey splint and assist in loading onto the ambulance. The horse was transported to a veterinary hospital for further diagnosis…. After consultation, the decision was made to euthanize due to the severity of the injuries and a poor prognosis.” For the record: “comminuted fracture, severe disruption of the suspensory apparatus.”
Also: The CHRB has disclosed the death of John’s Jewel yesterday at Golden Gate – pleuropneumonia. She was two (barely) and had yet to be raced. The racing people, of course, are greatly offended when a death like this is lumped with an honest-to-goodness breakdown. A horse, they say, who impales himself, flips and fractures his skull, colicks, or, as is the case here, develops a fatal infection is not the industry’s responsibility. (Then again, some apologists aver that all racehorse deaths are simple misfortune – you know, the proverbial “bad step.”) Well.
It is fairly well known that roughly 620,000 soldiers died during the Civil War. But what many don’t realize is that roughly two-thirds of those perished from disease. With that knowledge, when have you ever heard someone try to make the case that those deaths were in any way less significant, or more to the point, could somehow be disassociated from the war itself? Doesn’t happen – nor, obviously, should it. Time, place, circumstances, and context matter. Same here: Every death in horseracing is by horseracing. And that’s that.