At Pimlico May 20 – that would be Preakness Day – one horse was killed: Havnameltdown.
At Saratoga Aug 26 – that would be Travers Day – two horses were killed: Nobel, New York Thunder.
These, ladies and gentlemen, are U.S. Horseracing’s biggest days of the year. Which brings us to its two final biggest days – the Breeders’ Cup, being held at Santa Anita this weekend. In back-to-back races yesterday, two horses were ambulanced off: Mountain Bear and Bus Buzz (his note also included the usually-fatal “went wrong”). With the above as backdrop, what do you suppose the odds were of either being euthanized at the track? Yeah, pretty slim. And indeed, BloodHorse is reporting that both are “being evaluated,” with at least one – Bus Buzz- already scheduled for surgery (you can just go ahead and click on the Geaux link to see how those things typically work out).
Here is my bottom-line message to the media and the public: If they can’t prevent kills on their most-celebrated days, at their most-prestigious tracks, of their most-prized horses, they can’t prevent kills. Period.