“Fatal Cardiac Event” Today at Saratoga; 13th Kill There This Summer

The 7th at Saratoga today, in the disgusting words of the chartwriter: “Burning Bright bumped with an opponent at the start, jostled with two foes early, was rated outside in the two to three path, suffered a fatal cardiac event on the second turn and hit the rail then fell.” Imagine, all that vital information – “bumped,” “jostled,” “rated outside” – before getting to the death. Burning, six, becomes the 13th victim at Saratoga this summer.

Kaon, May 26 – “yet-to-be-raced horse euthanized”
Ami’s Curlin, Jun 10 – “laminitis in all four feet, euthanized”
Frigid Lady, Jul 15 – “broke RF leg, euthanized”
Winter Son, Jul 20 – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Blame It On Mary, Jul 23 – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Lawful, Aug 2 – “suffered injury, euthanized”
Sopran Basilea, Aug 3 – “injured on gallop-out, euthanized on course”
Maple Leaf Mel, Aug 5 – “fell, euthanized on track”
Closed Caption, Aug 6 – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Ever Summer, Aug 6 – “fell, euthanized on course”
Wisecraken, Aug 16 – “suffered injury, vanned off, euthanized”
Art Collector, Aug 17 – “laminitis, all four feet”
Burning Bright, Aug 23 – “suffered fatal cardiac event”

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  1. It should be noted that this was a “racing” death in case someone decides they can twist reality into their own distorted fantasy.
    Who knows what was injected into her system on top of the daily routine abuse of being exploited as a race horse…?
    Is anyone still calling for Saratoga to be shutdown this race meet?
    (PETA was calling for Saratoga to be shutdown after ELEVEN horses were killed at Saratoga this race meet.)

    • BURNING BRIGHT was born April 2, 2017 and killed by racing with Norm W. Casse as his trainer.

      • They ran the barbaric Steeplechase today at Saratoga also. It appeared that all the horses made it over the hurdles without none ending up breaking their back,neck or legs. Guess they breathed a sigh of relief after the 1:10 running. By the way, the race 7 replay has been made unavailable. Nice try folks.

        • Right, Nancy, the video is available for his first 14 races but not for his 15th. He was raced at Ellis Park for his 14th race.

  2. Lightening Point age 2 collapsed and died in Catterick 2 days ago after being last. Two years old,really ?? How sad. For civilizations that should have more sense and empathy. Just deplorable.

  3. Join us to protest this cruelty at Saratoga Race Course this Saturday. See our event tab for details.

  4. Saratoga will be packed this Saturday, as the biggest race of the meet – the Travers Stakes – will be run on that day. The undercard will also feature many stakes races, so expect a lot of people in attendance. DON’T expect Saratoga to shut down anytime soon. It’s the only race meet under NYRA that’s profitable. It pays for all their money-losing shit-shows downstate.

    However, even veteran handicappers are beginning to lose interest in Belmont and the soon-to-be-shuttered Aqueduct race track, as the lucrative handicapping opportunities that once abounded there are becoming more and more scarce, thanks to short fields, and low payouts.

    Well, this former handicapper won’t be betting Saratoga anymore, as their product is, slowly but surely, ALSO diminishing in terms of perceived value. Less horses means smaller fields, smaller fields means more favorites, more favorites means lower payouts, lower payouts means less betting handle, and less betting handle means –

    -the ‘free money’ train will eventually dry up.

    And once that happens, you’ll then see the end of Saratoga. Government handouts won’t last forever once the general public begins to realize that their hard earned tax dollars are being used to prop up a losing, cheating, animal-abusive endeavor.

    Good luck to Horse Racing Wrongs on your protest at Saratoga. I used to see you there when I would attend the races – which was almost daily -, and on Travers Day I always had a table in the Turf Terrace Dining Room. I previously thought the protests were ridiculous, foolish, and ill- advised; but, I must admit, I was wrong – this IS a horrid, cruel, and nefarious industry that does need to be shut down.

    • Joe, I don’t expect Saratoga to be shutdown anytime soon especially during this race meet, but calling for it to be shutdown and expecting it to be shutdown is not necessarily the same thing. Churchill Downs moved their race meet to Ellis Park for a short period of time after TWELVE horses were killed there, as you know.
      I think for activists to demand that the power brokers of horseracing in New York State at least consider moving their race meet from Saratoga to a different racetrack would be somewhat reasonable even though it is a big joke no matter how you look at it. No matter where horses are raced, they are subjected to the same abuse on a daily basis and killed sooner or later from the so-called “amazing care” that they receive from their human connections.

      From what I have read online, some bettors are not thrilled about the Computer Assisted Wagering. Some people that gamble on racehorses don’t care because they don’t care what the odds are or how much they change within the last two minutes (or whatever it is) before the race starts. All they care about is cashing a winning ticket regardless of how much the odds changed after they placed their bets.

  5. If a jockey died with every horse fatality from “accidents” on the track, this would’ve ended long ago. Unfortunately, horses don’t matter to most people. Quite frankly, that pertains to all animals, but especially equines. America’s sentiment toward these noble beasts is cold and indifferent.

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