My First Grammy snapped a leg after finishing last (29 lengths back) in the 2nd at Belmont yesterday; he is dead. He was five years old, and this was his 29th time under the whip. He was also, it turns out, sold prior to the race – a sale, of course, that was “voided” because the property was dead.
For the New York Racing Association, recipients of $130 million in taxpayer largess this year, this makes 39 dead horses at its three tracks. While I can’t say all would have been avoided without the subsidies, some surely would have. At the very least, though, isn’t it time we stop them from lining their pockets while they kill?