It’s no secret that I’m suspicious about the number of deaths being disclosed by some racing commissions. That’s not to say there’s anything necessarily improper happening at those commissions, just that I believe there’s a reporting problem somewhere along the line. Bottom line, dead horses have this industry under siege; thus, an incentive exists for those within, or those who support, racing to suppress deaths.
In NY, not only do we have this list of Thoroughbreds missing in action, but there’s something amiss with the Standardbreds too. On the Gaming Commission database, the following harness horses are showing up as mere “Racing Incidents/Injuries” in 2023. Quite simply, no way they’re all still alive. No way. So what, NYS, is going on?
(You’ll notice five came at Buffalo Raceway, two on the same day.)
Best Brew, Feb 6, Batavia: “horse took a bad step, [DNF]”
Adayonthebay, Feb 20, Saratoga: “injury to LF coffin bone”
JK Kissntell, Mar 22, Buffalo: “horse took a bad step and fell, taking driver down with him”
Iluvtomakemoney, Apr 22, Buffalo: “horse took a bad step – removed by horse ambulance”
Quivers Hanover, Apr 25, Saratoga: “possible fractured pastern or sesamoid”
Big Bang Boom, May 6, Buffalo: “horse took a bad step – broke cannon bone”
Secrecy, May 6, Buffalo: “horse broke down on first turn – fractured LF pastern”
Sinner Hanover, May 23, Saratoga: “possible fractured left rear ankle”
Elrama N, Jun 9, Buffalo: “horse took a bad step – injured LF leg, taken off by ambulance”