When I received documents from the Ohio Racing Commission in response to my FOIA request (post here), I immediately noticed that Edge of Night was not included. I knew through two sources that Edge was euthanized subsequent to being injured in the 7th race at Thistledown Apr 27. When I inquired, the Commission responded thus:
“Mr. Battuello: Edge of Night did race on April 27 and was vanned off the racetrack as a result of a serious limb injury. She left the racetrack property after that race. In a follow up conversation with the track veterinarian, she reported that the mare was treated until such time that it was determined that she could not be salvaged as a broodmare and she was euthanized – more than 72 hours after the race. Using the Jockey Club Equine Injury Database criteria, horses euthanized more than 72 hours after a race are not reported, therefore, this mare was not included in our totals and we received no Death Notice for this mare.”
Further proof (as if needed) that kills are slipping through cracks – on a technicality here, but quite often through plain apathy and/or incompetence. Needless to say, Edge has made our list.