Again, it’s not just the killing. According to the stewards, the following horses were injured at Churchill Downs; unless they return to race, their ultimate fates will, alas, remain unknown.
“Code of Kings was injured in the paddock and scratched by Commission vet.” (Code of Kings was, of course, ultimately euthanized – broken neck.)
“The claim of Golden View was voided when horse was placed on Vet’s List.”
“Thanks Mr. Eidson finished sixth and bled.”
“That Khenny was pulled up and required horse ambulance. Placed on Vet’s List.”
“The claim of Blueberry was voided when horse was placed on Vet’s List.”
“Loot the Moon was pulled up and required horse ambulance. It was determined that the horse was lame, and he was placed on Vet’s List.”
“The claim of Charley Rude was voided when horse was placed on Vet’s List.”
“The claim of Rivoli was voided when horse was placed on Vet’s List.”
“Fogo Island was injured in the paddock and scratched by Commission Vet.”
“Lisette was injured in the paddock and scratched by Commission Vet.”
“Swanson Lake was injured in the paddock and scratched by Commission Vet.”
Then, a reminder…
“Parents Pride collapsed while being eased. The vets rushed to the aid of the fallen horse. Before the filly could be evaluated, she became agonal and died.”
“Take Charge Briana fell near 3/16 pole. It was reported that the filly had suffered a catastrophic injury to her right foreleg, and she was humanely euthanized.”
“Chasing Artie trailed the field and was eased. While returning to unsaddling area, horse began to stagger and collapse. Upon quick arrival of vets [insert applause here?], the horse was agonal and unresponsive. Attempts to stimulate the horse failed.”
May 6 (Kentucky Derby Day):
“Chloe’s Dream was pulled up and required the horse ambulance. After examination, it was determined that the horse had suffered a catastrophic injury to his right knee, and he was humanely euthanized.”
“Freezing Point was pulled up abruptly near 5/8 pole and required the horse ambulance. After diagnostics were performed, it was determined that the horse had suffered a serious injury to his left foreleg, and he was humanely euthanized.”
This, every day, is horseracing.
There should be toxicology reports on all the deaths, sudden and fatally injured. I won’t hold my breath since this business is never accountable, has no central governing body, and therefore, no universal rules.
At the heart of this business is the unwritten and universally accepted practice of the horse as a “disposable commodity”
That will will not change.
These race people parasites have tons of money. It proves they’re out for themselves and do not bother to put horses in sanctuary. Without the horses, they are nothing.
Ethics are not the strong suit of the people in this egregiously barbaric industry. Abusing and brutalizing horses in their pursuit of “fame and fortune” is an everyday occurrence. Lying to anyone and everyone is an everyday occurrence.
Hiding and attempting to hide the ugliness of the cruelty to horses is part of this “game” and many people have been deceived.
Rules are broken and the offenders hire attorneys to lie for them for money. Linda Rice, Steve Asmussen, Bob Baffert are some of these repeat offenders. Money is their god.
The horses are a means to this end and if that means sacrificing the lives of the horses, so be it, in this egregiously barbaric and cruel industry.
No animal should ever die for this archaic animal torture spectacle.
The pictures we post at the tracks should show the actual accident and necropsy pictures…not mundane of horseracing kills and they say “oh well”.
There is a Horseracing Wrongs video available on YouTube of the necropsy reports and pictures of the dead horses on the necropsy table. The look of the horse’s eyes and tongue hanging out the side of the mouth is truly repulsive, horrifying and haunting.
Wanda,post at tracks so the uninformed and others see the REAL nightmare.
I understand what you’re saying, Nancy. For those people that have the capacity to listen to their conscience and hear it, the information that will be posted by protesters near the racetracks should be effective enough to cause those people to at least think twice and to possibly do some research online.
For those other people, the morally depraved ones that bludgeoned their conscience to death already, the necropsy pictures wouldn’t make any difference, in my opinion. The multiple dead horses don’t stop the veterinarians or the trainers or any corporate overlord from participating in this egregious cruelty to horses. There are those people who are completely desensitized to anything that would shock a normal person.
I agree with you that the proof of the killings of racehorses should be readily available to the not-well-informed-enough individuals.