Filly Dead at Belmont

Niiji, a 3-year-old filly, was euthanized at Belmont yesterday for pleuropneumonia. She had been raced twice, most recently in October.

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  1. NIIJI is listed on Equibase as having won $1,110 in 2 starts. The trainer listed is Linda Rice. If you aren’t familiar with the history of Linda Rice, do a Google search and be prepared to be repulsed.
    This person has a record of criminal activity but do you think the Thoroughbred racing industry would revoke her trainer’s license???? Do you think that Linda Rice ought to be 86th from racing? I do!
    Horseracing is rife with corruption. It isn’t going to stop being corrupt. It must be terminated from all government subsidies so that the profit for Thoroughbred racehorse abusers is non-existent. Criminal behavior is welcome in horseracing and that’s why it can’t be reformed!

    • Revoke her license you say, Wanda? This monster will probably make the hall of fame along with all the other horse killers.

      • That’s very possible, Andreea!!!! After all, she has been involved in Thoroughbred horse racing for so long that she should have already been inducted. She is a third generation racehorse trainer and has been licensed since 1987. So the question begs to be asked, “How many racehorses does one trainer have to kill to be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame (SHAME)????

  2. Our good friend Linda really should consider moving her (surviving) trainees to California. The CHRB will guarantee her the unfettered ability to kill off her beloved family members in absolute anonymity. Poor Niiji’s death, for instance, would have remained Top Secret, since it didn’t happen on track property.
    Then again, it seems EVERY racing state — besides New York, possibly — has its own bag o’ tricks for keeping racehorse kills hush-hush. Cali just has a particularly MOTIVATED set of “regulators” in the highly-credible CHRB;)

    • Jacqueline, she wasn’t cared for properly. Trainer Linda Rice has decades of experience with Thoroughbred horses. She has also had many horses die or be euthanized under her so-called care which could be construed as NEGLIGENCE besides outright abuse.

    • Because horses at tracks are kept in unnatural conditions. They breathe in crazy amounts of dust and sand on the track, most are fed with buckets about waist level, and most are fed hay in hay nets. And very few of them get to spend much time out of a stall,in a dirty musty barn, with their heads down for hours grazing in a field. Their immune systems are compromised from the drugs they get, and horses come and go from all sorts of different states and tracks carrying all sort of nasty bugs with them. Thus the reason Laurel park and Pimlico are now locked down due to EHV-1. There ya go. Recipe for pleuropneumonia.
      When I was at a local tack shop last summer, a harness trainer was whining to a fellow harness trainer that his whole stable was sick at the time with pleuropneumonia.
      Funny how I’ve never heard of a rampant case of this in any other type of equestrian sport barn.

      • Yes, thank you for that, Marie. In addition to the unnatural and crowded conditions in which racehorses are forced to exist, I suspect that a lot of people such as underpaid stable hands at racetracks don’t have words such as “BIOSECURITY” in their vocabulary let alone their protocol. Vaccinations are another thing that might not be considered important enough to trainers, if the owners/trainers are wanting to cut corners at the expense of the horse’s health and well-being.

  3. Oh, just yesterday we drove alongside the training track and then the main entrances of Belmont, as I go to my hometown, Floral Park, which borders it, and I was saying to my spouse, “I used to wonder why we never saw the horses from the street and now I know it’s because they were kept in confinement 23 hours a day and lived miserable lives”. Then, as always, we drove past the Cornell Equine Hospital opposite the track and I thought, “How can Cornell have anything to do with racing, the most unethical thing you could do?”

    I will assume that this poor young filly, Niiji, died because of her confined living conditions, and her enslavement in this industry. I bet anything. I therefore agree with Pat Battuello.

  4. How can these outrages be stopped. when their victims are unknown? Niiji never made a name for herself, but she was one of God’s children just the same

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