According to the Gaming Commission, 4-year-old Fiya was killed – leg fracture of one kind or another – while training at Saratoga this morning. This one will be felt (by the industry) even more than the average death: Fiya was a stakes-level racehorse with “earnings” well north of $200,000 (in just nine races). For Saratoga, perhaps the most celebrated racetrack in the world, this is already the sixth on-site death this summer:
Mister Bobby, May 13, training – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Trucking Baron (“pony” horse), Jun 29, stall – “chronic laminitis”
Strong Moment, Jul 16, racing – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on the course”
Pleasure Luck, Jul 18, racing (euthanized Jul 19) – “took a bad step”
Fattoria, Jul 19, training – “pelvic injury necessitating euthanasia”
Fiya, Jul 31, training – “injury to RH leg…euthanized”
Budding turf star…ran in Belmont and Laurel also. Another gorgeous animal with a life lost from the race track
Fabulous Fillies day at Saratoga on August 5th will be a breast cancer awareness day as well. So how about bringing AWARENESS to the horses being used and abused and dying from the ABUSE? I think they use the color purple for domestic violence awareness. The colors red & black are for the cruelty and killing of racehorses in the Horseracing industry because of the horse killing, are they not? It’s hard to believe that anyone working at Saratoga would ever admit to the carnage they are responsibile for.
This senseless sport is bad in many ways. These instances as well as the nurse mare foal industry. I hate it!!!
Tracks are hell holes for racehorses like FIYA ad they all suffer before they die due to intense confinement etc.
Finally, some good news today coming from Churchill Downs.
CDI has confirmed that they have NOT applied for horse racing dates at Arlington Park in 2022.
The deadline has now come and gone on Friday so that means NO spring racing there driving another significant nail in the coffin where thousands of racehorses have been maimed and killed over the years.
There are still some racing apologists vowing to renew the license for a fall meet, but hopefully the excavators will be there to dig up and tear down their public abattoir after their last race date on September 25.
Gina, thank you for sharing this information about Arlington Park. The website says, “Arlington International Racecourse epitomizes everything about the Sport of Kings, offering the best of Thoroughbred racing in a setting rooted deep in tradition.”
Good riddance to tradition — the tradition of sadistic exploitation of horses!!!