Bosque Redondo Becomes 10th Kill at Churchill Downs

According to the chart, Bosque Redondo’s turn under the whip at Churchill May 13 was uneventful: “bumped with an inner rival at start, saved ground off the pace, but to no avail”; officially 10th of 12. In fact, I have learned from the Racing Commission, Bosque “required the horse ambulance” afterward, and after diagnostics, “was humanely euthanized due to his injuries and poor prognosis.” The 4-year-old becomes the 10th Kill at Churchill Downs in a little over three weeks. (All was not lost for his exploiters – Jason Ash, Alexis Claire, et al. – for by finishing the race, Bosque “earned” over $1300 for them.)

I remind: This current cluster at Churchill may be unusual, but death there is definitively not: Churchill has averaged 25 kills annually over the past five years. Business as usual.

This Year’s Victims, So Far:

Wild On Ice, Apr 27 – “injured, [euthanized]”
Code of Kings, Apr 29 – “flipped multiple times, broke neck”
Parents Pride, Apr 29 – “collapsed and died”
Take Charge Briana, May 2 – “fell, euthanized”
Chasing Artie, May 2 – “collapsed and died”
Chloe’s Dream, May 6 – “went wrong: fractured knee”
Freezing Point, May 6 – “went wrong: [multiple] fractures”
Bosque Redondo, May 13 – “vanned off, euthanized”
Rio Moon, May 14 – “catastrophic injury after wire…euthanized”
Swanson Lake, May 20 – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”

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  1. So, here’s yet another example of a fatally-injured horse having to be VANNED OFF the Death Track — in this instance, the “beleaguered” Churchill Downs — and nobody there said a word about it publicly for at least a week. The chartwriter (or chartliar, as is often the case) could have easily and accurately placed those three little letters in the comments and/or footnotes: “v-a-n” would have sufficed…but, nah.

    So keep the extent of your carnage as hidden as you possibly can, horse-killing enablers. Nobody out here in the animal-loving American public is figuring out what kind of full-time Abuse Extravaganza you’ve got goin’ on. (No, really. Hardly anyone at all! We’re completely ignorant of what a fine, well-regulated, HISA-certified SPORT horse racing is;)

  2. Wow, it’s really sickening and creepy how these morally depraved people can routinely abuse young and underdeveloped colts and fillies to literal death and try to hide the killing while they are doing the Derby hype as well. It seems reasonable to expect that they are killing a lot more horses than they are admitting to at Churchill Downs Inc. anytime of the year. Creepy.
    BOSQUE REDONDO was just barely 4 years old and was raced 4 times and killed in his 4th race. He broke his maiden in his 3rd race.
    No horse deserves this horrific abuse and to have this abuse and brutality against horses “glamorized” (as a sport) adds to the moral depravity of the people in this industry.
    These people spend roughly as much and sometimes more money on a horse as some people spend on a house when buying. What would they do if this industry wasn’t propped up with government subsidies and government-directed benefits including tax write-offs and tax exemptions? They would whine about it for one thing.

  3. No more horse racing. Or excuse me no more abuse and murder of horses.

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