Not surprisingly, Royally Command, an “injured, vanned off” in the 5th yesterday at Santa Anita, is dead, as confirmed by the CHRB. She had just turned four, and this was her sixth time under the whip.
On another note, while this site is all about facts, and while I am not at all given to conspiracy theories, I am firmly convinced that California Racing, including the CHRB itself, is hiding deaths. This is the first death – on-track or otherwise – reported in almost a month, and only the 13th for the year. In a word, incredible, even if the highly-touted new “protocols” are having an effect.
In the three years immediately preceding covid, 2017-2019, 380 horses were killed at Cal tracks, an average of over 125 per year. (Obviously, the numbers for ’20 and ’21 – 97 and 72, respectively – were impacted by the pandemic.) At the current rate, we’d be looking at about 44 deaths in 2022. Please. And all this while the numbers across the country – including in the other big racing states (NY, KY, FL, PA, LA, OH) – have by and large remained constant. Fraud, I assert.