Wicked Amber (Finally) Confirmed Dead at Belmont

It took them a while, but the Gaming Commission finally got around to confirming the death of 4-year-old Wicked Amber in the 2nd at Belmont on Halloween. While the Commission didn’t expound on the death, it did note that the “rider [was] treated and cleared by NYRA EMT.” Well thank heavens for that. Now, next horse up.

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  1. When I first saw the words Wicked Amber on my notifications, I thought it was going to be about Amber Cobb.
    Well, it’s a wicked industry that routinely injures and kills horses. This industry is full of wickedly cruel, sadistic psychopaths that should be charged with the torture and killings of horses and be put in prison for a long, long time.

  2. Ugh. We all knew she was a goner — “trained” by Randi Persaud; what else would anyone expect? — but maybe Belmont officials held back her death admission for a few days because they didn’t want to ruin their fans’ Halloween “fun.” But they, of all people, should know horse tracks celebrate the spooky, scary horrors of animal abuse year-round. (The ghoulish and the gruesome is their specialty EVERY DAY, not just October 31st.) They didn’t have to spare anyone the outcome of poor Wicked Amber’s final strides. It was evident she was a dead-horse-hobbling the second her jock bailed on her.

    Which brings me to my second point: How about a big shout-out to Mike Luzzi, the only person in the world who could have conceivably mitigated this poor horse’s injuries that day, but chose not to? He knew she broke down, felt her injuries as they were occurring, and was completely responsible for doing what little he could for her by protecting her and pulling her up. Instead, this dumbass threw himself into the path of another runner, causing that horse’s jockey to be “unseated” as well, then lay in the mud for a while as poor Amber kept the horror show going by hobbling off to her death on a broken leg.
    You’re a real hero, Luzzi. You made it clear who the real “wicked” one was that day.

    • Kelly, don’t you know Wicked Amber kept hobbling along on her broken leg, trying to run, because she just LOVED racing?

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