The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Apocalypse died on the Vernon Downs track after a race Friday – “heart attack,” they’re calling it. Apocalypse was just five years old. Heart attack. What a foul, disgusting business. This, by the way, marks the seventh harness death in NY this year; that, is an extraordinary number.
New York horseracing receives almost $250 million in corporate welfare every year – taxpayer handouts keeping afloat a (for the most part) dying industry. This constitutes a triple wrong: it’s an affront to our free-market system; it cheats schoolchildren out of millions of desperately-needed education dollars; and most important to us here, it allows for the continued abuse and killing of intelligent, sensitive, beautiful creatures.