The New York Racing Association, basking in the glory of its successful – measured by profits, not dead horses (14) – summer at Saratoga, opened its Belmont Fall Meet today with (what else?) a kill. In fact, it happened in the very first race back. Baltimore Bucko, says the chartwriter, “fell heavily at fence three then collided with Perfect Tapatino when attempting to right himself…and fell fatally to the ground.” (The replay, of course, is “unavailable.”) In this same race, A Silent Player “was eased home [and] reported to have bled.” As for Perfect Tapatino, after “falling heavily” himself, he was “apprehended and walked off under his own power.” My guess: the van – carting away a dead horse – was already occupied. Vile.