8-Year-Old Collapses and Dies at Saratoga Harness

The Gaming Commission reports the following, this morning at Saratoga Harness: “Convert Dinario N experienced possible cardiovascular collapse in barn shortly after having jogged.” Dead. Convert was eight years old.

This is horseracing.

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  1. Why do they say “possible cardiovascular collapse”? Why don’t they say “cardiovascular collapse” without using the word “possible”? Are they just incompetent? Or are they just covering their butts? Is it that they are giving themselves room to wiggle out of being honest and forthcoming? I can understand how it sounds better to say “possible cardiovascular collapse” rather than saying, “We KILLED it. Yeah, it.”

  2. do these dead racehorses mean the owner get insurance payments on them so that the dead horse is wo4rth money to the owner? ii jave no knowledge

    • I have been told that most owners do not have insurance policies on their horses. I don’t know why any insurance company would want to pay out more money to policyholders in claims than they take in from the policyholders through insurance premium payments.
      Racing is a very high-risk activity to the horses and it seems logical to me that the monthly insurance premium payments to cover lower level horses would cost more to the owners than the horse owners would be willing to pay. Another thing about low level owners is, if they are so entrenched in racing that they don’t know any other way but to run their horses until the horses can’t run anymore, they would not want to pay out the money it would cost to keep the horse and pay for veterinary bills and everything else for a horse recovering and retiring from racing. These horse-abusing psychopaths are ruthless. It’s how they roll. Dead horses don’t cost money to keep.

    • As a former industry insider I feel compelled to respond to this often asked question as others did.
      YES – 10% of racehorses are insured.
      I only speak to the thoroughbreds (jockeys on their backs) because I have no knowledge of the trotters (pulling a buggy behind them with a jockey on the buggy) AKA standardbreds as in this example.
      There have been organized plots to kill racehorses uncovered throughout horse racing’s history such as the “sandman” and the most prominent often disputed death of ALYDAR (Texas Monthly June 2001).
      Now although the sandman involved mainly show jumping horses some of those horses were OTTB’s.
      I think it’s still going on at the upper levels of horse racing with some of the most prominent trainers and vets scheming together to issue drugs for intentional cardiovascular collapse, usually during training hours, to collect equine insurance money.
      Since horse racing has no neutral oversight and since most of the people put in charge to take care of them actually do the opposite I have no doubt it’s going on and I have many examples that are highly suspicious.

  3. You know the Standard Breds don’t get as much sympathy as the other, But, they Should!!!!! They are Wonderful!!!

    • The Standardbreds are neat. They don’t have as much white on them either. You all that know more about thoroughbreds – does it seem like they have more white markings than they used to? Also, I know very little about horseracing, what’s the deal with all the contraptions on their heads and the tongues being forced out, or tie wrapped down? Besides mental and emotional distress and their unnatural living conditions, what would cause gastric ulcers?

      • Lisa, one of the causes of gastric ulcers is long-term (one week or longer) use of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). If you search what causes ulcers in horses on Google, you will find some very informative articles. One is “7 Common Causes of Gastric Ulcers in Horses” and you can search all of your other questions too.
        Your question about tongue ties is explained but it is also usually a racing industry bias. Most of the things that are done to racehorses is basically a sadistic propensity to be barbaric. But the reasons given by the industry is to make people think it is necessary to have horses’ tongues tied so they won’t get their tongue over the bit. There’s more but you can find it on the internet.

        • Thanks. Great article. It boils down to get the commodity to the market ASAP. Skip any real training and resort to the artificial devices instead. The “comments” were also very helpful.

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