It didn’t take long. Yesterday was “Opening Day” for Belmont Park’s “Spring Meet” – which will include the third leg of the “Triple Crown” – and a kill to get things started. In the 8th, Baby I’m Perfect was to said to have “sustained an injury at the five-furlong pole.” He was in fact euthanized – dead, at eight.
Over the past three full calendar years (’19-’21) at Belmont, one of American Racing’s crown jewels, 147 kills – that’s a hair under 50 annually. And although yesterday was the first day of racing, horses have been training (and stalled) at Belmont since the first of the year. Baby I’m Perfect is dead-horse #17 in 2022. And all of it, by the way, subsidized by state taxpayers. (If you’d like to learn more about the new bill to strip NY racing of these mammoth subsidies, and how best to advocate for it, please sign up for our webinar “NYS Letters to Legislators” this Monday at 7 pm.)
The NYRA replay, of course, shows none of the injury/ambulance, but there is this: