Saratoga’s Celebrated Meet Is Over – But the Killing Continues

While Saratoga Race Course and the New York Racing Association, and all their apologists in the racing press, are busy gushing over the numbers – handle, attendance – for the just-completed meet, the killing continues. Yesterday, Cirona, a 3-year-old from Great Britain, “pulled up lame” training at Saratoga, was ambulanced off and subsequently euthanized (“suspected pelvic injury,” says the Commission). The Chad Brown-trained filly becomes the 14th victim of Saratoga ’21 – just one shy of its historical average. So tell me again how proud you are of your profits. Vile.

Mister Bobby, May 13, training – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Trucking Baron, 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”
Butter Lou, Aug 5, racing – “injured after wire, vanned to barn, euthanized”
Fifth Avenue Red, Aug 7, training – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Volpaia, Aug 10, training – “fell over rail, multiple injuries, euthanized”
Olympico, Aug 21, training – “RH condylar injury”
Wasn’t Me, Aug 26, training – “possible heart attack” (two years old)
America’s Joy, Aug 29, training – “fracture while breezing, broke neck in fall”
Tivoli Twirl, Sep 5, stall – “euthanized due to severe health complications”
Cirona, Sep 10, training – “pulled up lame, suspected pelvic…euthanized”

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  1. That thing about being proud of their profits, and all the while injuring and killing horses, says it all. While the bragging about the WAGERING HANDLE and ATTENDANCE in the racing press is going on, the INHUMANE TREATMENT of HORSES is being swept under the rug. It takes Freedom Of Information Act requests to get the dirty details and names of the horses killed by this CRUEL and INHUMANE industry. Thank you, Patrick, for your time, effort and dedication to reveal the truth about this vile industry.
    Does anyone in this industry ever listen to their conscience??? It doesn’t appear that they do.

  2. Beautiful little filly comes over to usa for first time….and DIES. That says it ALL. If she had stayed in Europe she probably would still be ALIVE.

  3. If this were dogs, people would be outraged, as they should be. The media, Hollywood, and the industry itself has done a great job deceiving the public into believing that the horses “love” racing. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

  4. THIS IS HELL ON EARTH AND. NO ONE SEEMS TO CARE.Racing dogs/horses etc. needs to end.
    We must accept all animals that GOD has given us the right to grow, and enjoy their lives. Racing dogs
    or horses is dirty pool.Injections are given over and over again to enhance what?So much behind the
    scenes it is criminal in that alone. Racing must end. Spectators need to learn the behind the scenes and what
    goes into a horse and how a horse is just a money maker. Please do not attend any dog or horse race.

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