A “Sudden Death” Kill at Golden Gate

The CHRB has disclosed the training kill of Holdfast at Golden Gate this morning – “sudden death,” they’re calling it. Holdfast was but five years old.

This is horseracing.

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  1. As usual, the CHRB’s super-scientific, all-inclusive Equine Fatalities List provides the high-level transparency and credibility the esteemed Board is famous for. I’m not even sure which dead horse they’re “reporting” this time. Was Holdfast the dark bay gelding born Mar. 8, 2016 with no racing record or listed connections? If so, well, that explains his “Sudden Death”: he was freaking OLD! Ancient, in fact. Everyone in the game knows his “productive” years were well behind him — even though he’d apparently never been raced.
    It’s nothing short of a(nother) racing miracle that he hadn’t keeled over already at his advanced, geriatric age of five-and-a-half;)

  2. The horse racing INDUSTRY claims another racing slave’s precious life. The killings go on and on and on….
    BAN HORSE RACING

  3. BEHIND THE SCENES ARE APPALLING. HORSES HAVE FEELINGS AND HEART. TO
    RACE THEM FOR WHAT?LET THE JOCKEYS DO THE RACING.HORSES ARE JUST
    MONEY GRABERS BY THE ELITE.MY HORSE CAN RUN FASTER THEN YOURS.
    RACING NEEDS TO FOLD UP AND JUST GO AWAY.YOU DON’T TREAT ANY ANIMAL
    THE WAY THEY TREAT THE RACE HORSES. BEEN THERE DO THAT!!

  4. They certainly use “Sudden Death” many times to try and explain a death of young horses, like we’re suppose to believe that statement! We know better and that is why Horseracing should be shut down, if nothing else but to save the horses!

    • Sharon, some horses do die very suddenly. I saw a horse go down during a race at Centennial Race Track in Littleton, Colorado in 1980. I was there physically in person. They showed a video replay of every race except one race. There was a beautiful dun colored Quarter Horse filly or mare (sorry, I forgot her age) that was running fast and all of a sudden she went down once and never got up ever again. She stayed down. They vanned her off upside down. They did not explain anything at all about what happened or why she went down. They did not show a replay of that one particular race. That’s when I became aware of the fact that the racetracks sweep horse deaths “under the rug” and leave everyone watching wondering what the ****???? I was puzzled about exactly what happened to the horse then in 1980 and I am still puzzled about exactly what happened (to that particular horse to cause her to go down suddenly and not even try to get up) now 41 years later.

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