Cairo Memories Dead in Kentucky

Cairo Memories was euthanized in late November for pleuritis and laminitis. We know this because, and only because, the 3-year-old was a Grade-1-level horse and a big earner ($420K in just 10 races), so all the rags covered it.

Cairo was last raced at Santa Anita in October and subsequently shipped to Kentucky to be sold. Apparently, though, she got sick in flight, and, said trainer Bob Hess (BloodHorse), “a 20-day ordeal” ensued – an extended suffering that almost assuredly would not have happened had Cairo been a cheap claimer. Damn this industry.


  1. Cheap claimers suffer in ways that a lot of people will never know. When horses are entered to race and then scratched by the track vet for being lame, unsound and/or sick, we don’t have the information to know what the sickness is or was nor do we have any idea how long the cheap claimers suffered from the lameness, unsoundness and/or illness.
    All horses exploited for racing and wagering, regardless of the monetary value, are subject to cold-hearted, horse-doping, horse-killing human beings who prioritize their pocketbooks and bank accounts as a much higher priority than the health, well-being or comfort of the horses. If they seriously cared about the horses as sentient beings, they would not subject their horses to this daily routine CRUELTY.
    Abuse and neglect of various degrees in the horseracing industry is widespread and rampant at all levels.
    If an owner/trainer sells their horse/s to someone who lives far away, and Puerto Rico is definitely far away from the mainland USA, the horses might as well be a bunch of used cars (in more ways than one) to the person or persons responsible on both ends of the transaction. Some of the horses sold to someone in Puerto Rico get shipped by sea in a cargo container and packed into the shipping container like sardines, more or less. The horses are victims of not only the racing industry itself, but also incompetent shipping and handling by the transport company that also breaks at least some of the rules or laws regarding the care and handling of live horses. This is why many of the horses shipped arrive dead and/or die during the waiting period from the time the ship arrives at port to the time that the workers finally get around to unloading the shipping container cram-packed with horses.

  2. Does anyone know whether Domestic Spending has survived his broken pelvis injury? He was supposed to be shipped out to a farm to live happily ever after?? We have heard Epicenter,who was injured on the same day is being sent out to stud farm having had his injury repaired.

    • Since EPICENTER is a stallion they can sell his sperm for $45,000 per mare and I believe the maximum number is 120 mares. That is a possible $5,400,000 gross income from stud fees.
      DOMESTIC SPENDING, being the gelding and with a fractured pelvis, does not have a chance to bring in any income that is obvious to me. I would be surprised if they keep him alive. If he is alive and eventually gets laminitis, maybe the racing press will write about it. I would be surprised if he is still alive though.

      • Wanda, unfortunately you are so right. The announcer of ” he’s going to a farm “was the trainer a good month ago.

    • Great question. I think his suffering must be immense, but his “loving” connections will hold off on putting him down — to end that suffering — for as long as possible.
      (Many of these racing types think we’re opposed to euthanasia for injured animals. Far from it. We’re opposed to forcing these injurious activities, LIKE RACING, upon these animals in the first place, then trying to gloss over and/or hide the results of their obscene cruelty from the public.)
      Either way, Bleeders’ Cup officials will still try to pretend they didn’t host TWO catastrophic racing breakdowns at this year’s event.
      But they did.

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