The 6th race at Saratoga this afternoon was 2-year-old Butter Lou’s debut – and he won! How very exciting, huh? Just one little problem: he also died. Butter Lou, according to the chart, “was injured on the gallop-out and vanned off,” whereupon, I can confirm, he was euthanized.
Saratoga averages 15 dead horses a summer; with several weeks to go, the toll stands at six. (A seventh, the pony horse Trucking Baron, died on track grounds on June 29, but we’ll just go with the ones who were still active when they met their ends.)
Mister Bobby, May 13, training – “collapsed and died”
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”
Butter Lou, Aug 5, racing – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”