Through a FOIA request to the Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2022.
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Jun 3, Wyoming T – “fractured sesamoid, euthanized”
Baltimore Beecho, Jun 4, Wyoming R – “fractured sesamoid, euthanized”
Jba Movin Thedynasty, Jun 5, Wyoming R – “died – heart attack” (six years old)
Band Camp Boy, Jun 11, Energy S – “illness – lost LH hoof – euthanized” (two years old)
Bdr Country, Jun 11, Energy R – “fractured distal carpal, euthanized”
Eze as Pie, Jun 26, Wyoming T – “fractured shoulder, euthanized”
Dp Sassy, Jun 26, Wyoming R – “flipped in paddock, hit head on ground, euthanized”
Cash Driven, Jul 9, Wyoming R – “fractured sesamoid, euthanized”
Teradash, Jul 16, Wyoming R – “fractured carpus, euthanized”
La Chicana, Sep 11, Sweetwater R – “fractured cannon, euthanized”
On January 24, Nicole and I (with other HW volunteers) lobbied for the subsidy bill at the NYS Capitol. We visited all 213 legislative offices, dropping off educational materials (below) and engaging in many constructive conversations. Wednesday, Governor Hochul’s budget proposal was unveiled, and it included a massive ($455 million) bond package that the New York Racing Association (NYRA) would use to renovate Belmont Park. The money, as previously reported, would be repaid with the subsidies NYRA is already receiving. Talk about a sweetheart deal. So, we will head back down in the next couple weeks. Because this lobby day will be squarely focused on the bond proposal, follows is an ugly, inconvenient truth on Belmont and Aqueduct (the new Belmont would absorb all of Aqueduct’s racedays).
From 2009 through 2022, 854 horses died at Belmont/Aqueduct – an average of 61 per year. With history as our guide – and why shouldn’t it be – we can reasonably expect another 1,800 or so horses to perish at the new Belmont over the life of the bonds (30 years). Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds more beautiful, intelligent, and sensitive beings sacrificed for $2 bets – and all of it coming on the public’s dime.
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In addition to five horses vet-scratched at Gulfstream yesterday, there were these:
Grace Candy “hit the starting gate”
Tickle My Fancy “hit the starting gate”
Lord Jaxston “hit the starting gate” (finished 33 lengths back)
Chloe’s Toy “hit the starting gate”
Camilla “slammed [one horse] into [another]”
Tovia “was slammed between foes and taken up at the start”
Then, the chart note for 5-year-old Lemon Roses at Sam Houston yesterday: “was hard to load…was used up then stopped…was vanned off after the race.”
And finally, this from the stewards at Santa Anita, Jan 26:
“Trainer Rolando Quinonez met with the stewards pertaining to allegations that he misused a shank and riding crop on a horse under his care. A surveillance video exhibited Mr. Quinonez over-used his riding crop while on his trainee in the shed row. Mr. Quinonez stated he acted out of frustration when his two-year-old trainee was acting unruly.” Ruling: $1,000 fine, “evaluated for anger management.”
This is horseracing.
According to the chart for the 1st at Delta yesterday, Last Native Cat “took a bad step, fell, and was vanned off.” While we won’t know for sure till my FOIA…