Yet another death at a New York Racing Association track. Wayward Ghost, says the Gaming Commission, was “found dead” in his Belmont stall Saturday – “found dead,” that is, at the tender age of three. He had been under the whip only twice, the second of which came Jul 26 at Saratoga: 11th, 52 lengths back. It’s worth noting that despite that finish, and because of the gifted slots revenue from the Aqueduct racino, Wayward’s exploiters – breeder/owner Albert Fried Jr., trainer Charlton Baker – still “won” $215.
For NYRA, which never fails to remind us that the “safety and welfare of the equine athletes is [their] highest priority,” this makes 49 (that we know about) kills on the year.