Yei Yei Killed in “Spill” at Parx

5-year-old Yei Yei in the 9th at Parx yesterday: “Yei Yei clipped heels near the far turn and fell; [he] suffered a catastrophic injury caused by the spill…euthanized.”

This is horseracing. Every. Single. Day.

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  1. I’ve never seen horses “clip heels” in my pasture or anyone else’s. More often than not this is the jockeys fault and due to their reckless riding. Seems to be happening more lately.

    • We have never ridden a horse that clipped heels either out of the gate or in workouts.Many riders are not very good at avoiding collisions, especially out of the gates. Even as drill team members in university, we were amazed at the unawareness riders had of riding too close & the possibility of clipping heels We constantly complained as a rider at the track & as a drill team member.of the dangers to both the horses & we riders of riding to close!

    • You don’t see it, Marie, because they don’t – horses in their natural element know self-preservation and CHOOSE to not run up on another horse’s heels. But what they would choose and what the jockey chooses (because of industry and gambler demands) are two completely different things.

      That said, I can never get an answer to the following comment of mine, made in response to a complaint about a horse being raced a couple of days or so apart (you know how even some fans and apologists get so bent over that?)….

      If what the industry and apologists tell us is true (that the running a racehorse does in a race is no different than what my horses do in their pastures), why does it matter if a horse is raced only a few days apart? If my horses run in their pastures on Monday, I don’t (try to) prevent them from doing it again on Tuesday.

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