Death at Aqueduct, Death at Charles Town – This Is Horseracing, Every Day

In the 6th at Aqueduct yesterday, A Colt Named Susie “[was] coaxed from the gate, chased three then two wide, suffered an injury just inside the half-mile pole…stopped himself along the outside rail…and was subsequently euthanized on track.” Lots to unpack there. “Coaxed from the gate”: wasn’t too anxious to be whip-forced to run at a breakneck speed. “Stopped himself”: after suffering a catastrophic injury, that is (but of course that’s what any fatally-injured animal would do). Back to “coaxed”: This was A Colt’s 15th start; in his final seven completed races, all under the yoke of Ralph D’Alessandro, A Colt finished a combined 141 lengths back – over 20 per race. In other words, this kill could be seen from eight furlongs away.

A few hours later in West Virginia, this for Dr. Devera’s Way at Charles Town: “had his heels clipped past the 3/4 pole, gave chase nearing the 3/8 pole but was eased with a fatal injury and had to be euthanized on the track.” The chartwriter went on to note that the stewards “reviewed the heel-clipping incident before posting this race official.” Great to know they have their priorities straight. Dr. Devera was six years old.

5 Comments

  1. much too sad to go on

    On Sat, Mar 26, 2022 at 9:55 AM Horseracing Wrongs wrote:

    > Patrick Battuello posted: “In the 6th at Aqueduct yesterday, A Colt Named > Susie “[was] coaxed from the gate, chased three then two wide, suffered an > injury just inside the half-mile pole…stopped himself along the outside > rail…and was subsequently euthanized on track.” Lots to u” >

  2. There’s the racing press again (specifically, DRF’s David Grening, but they’d all probably “report” like this if they were FORCED to in the way Grening is):

    “A Colt Named Susie unfortunately broke down entering the far tur(n)…A Colt Named Susie unfortunately had to be euthanized.”

    Appreciate his need to double-up on the “unfortunate” aspect of the killing. (Yes, we know you think it’s a bad thing that the poor horse died grotesquely, right out there in public, Mr. Grening. Really. We know.)

    “Fortunately,” we all know Aqueduct’s Super-Speedy Screen Carriers were there in a jiffy to block the sight of A Colt Named Susie’s final, agonizing moments on this earth following his breakdown. (Wouldn’t want any of those sensitive, compassionate souls watching their favorite anti-sport — all of whom clearly care deeply about equine welfare and well-being — to see more of his suffering than absolutely necessary.)

    • And Kelly guess what??? Nary a replay of race 6 on NYRA. All pitch black. The other ones of the same day you can see in entirety.

  3. Each brutal moment a horse-slave endures at an “entertainment” center is caused by the self-interest of the authorities that drive our culture. Making horse racing illegal is a necessary step in ending the carnage. The blatant evils associated with horse-racing will continue as long as we elect legislators that enrich themselves with blood money garnered through animal cruelty. Defeating the soldiers doesn’t decapitate the general that is driving the carnage.

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