While the Belmont Stakes was being run, its home, Belmont Park, was in the process of (what else) killing another horse. The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Lullula, three, sustained an injury while training on the 1st; five days later (or, the day after the Stakes), she was euthanized “due to prognosis.” She is the 23rd dead horse at Belmont in five months; 76th since January 1, 2020.
Look, I know this gets old, but I’ll keep screaming it from the mountaintops till the message is received by all: Reform (read: drugs) is a ruse, “safe racing” a lie. Truth is, horseracing kills horses, inherently. From breeding for speed (big torsos, spindly legs, fragile ankles), to working pubescent bodies (the typical horse doesn’t fully mature until six; the typical racehorse begins training at 18 months), to the incessant grinding of those bodies (if they’re not racing, they’re not earning), to forcing them to “race” at an unnatural rate (breakneck), in an unnatural way (always counter-clockwise), through unnatural means (perched, whip-wielding humans), to the commodification (the average racehorse is bought and sold multiple times, making long-term health of little concern to current “connections”), horseracing guarantees killing. Guarantees.