Hill Sixteen fell at the Grand National (England) today and is dead. It was the second kill of the day, with Dark Raven going down earlier, and the third of the annual three-day event (Envoye Special Thursday). Last year, four horses died. Fittingly, there was a massive protest by animal-rights activists at the start of the day – with, according to Reuters, 118 people arrested. To which I say, bravo, we’re with you in spirit.
Proving, yet again, how tone-deaf (of course there are many other adjectives I could use) these racing people are, Hill Sixteen’s owner, Jimmy Fyffe, told Racing TV: “I am absolutely gutted…. It was heart-breaking. He could be in a field running about and you can lose a horse. … I’ve been in all the stables that I’ve got horses at and they are looked after like kings. They have a great life, they love running, so I’ve not got any qualms with staying in this game.” You’re on the wrong side of history, bud.