According to the charts, Pleasure Luck was an “injured, vanned off” in the 8th at Saratoga Sunday. The buzz in the aftermath was that she was stabilized and taken to a nearby hospital. Which only makes sense, for the last thing this storied track needed was a second (on-track) racing kill in three days (Strong Moment Friday). It’s a simple strategy, really: get the broken horse offsite and hope everyone forgets about her. Well, we didn’t. And now, we can report that as fully expected, Pleasure Luck has been euthanized (yesterday). While I admittedly do not know the medical particulars, I’ve been at this long enough to know that in all likelihood the only thing the powers that be accomplished was to extend this poor animal’s suffering by 24 hours. All to avoid more bad press. And that, folks, is more than just contemptible; it’s downright wicked.
The Saratoga ’21 Dead (reminder: this track averages 15 kills per summer)
Mister Bobby, May 13, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Trucking Baron, Jun 29, Saratoga S – “chronic laminitis”
Strong Moment, Jul 16, Saratoga R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on the course”
Pleasure Luck, Jul 18, Saratoga R (euthanized Jul 19) – “took a bad step”