Under the whip for the very first time, 2-year-old colt Film Juror collapsed in the stretch (of 7th) yesterday at Del Mar – dead, says the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman, “most likely of a cardiac episode” (after, that is, “trailing badly”). Imagine that.

Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 6-year-old D Terminata was killed in much the same way. In the 2nd race, “[the] horse,” says the Gaming Commission, “fell and died on the track due to suspected cardio-vascular event.”

The wholesale destruction of these beautiful, intelligent, sensitive creatures ends when – and only when – the betting does. Please stop.

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According to the chart, 3-year-old Chide “went wrong” in the 11th race Thursday at Churchill and was subsequently “vanned off.” But owing to the fact that this was a $200,000 Grade 2, we now know that “went wrong” means dead. Buried toward the bottom of the official Churchill press release on the race is this:

The race was marred by a fatal fracture to 3-year-old filly Chide’s left front leg just before the field hit the top of the stretch. Her jockey Miguel Mena was unseated but was reported to be “okay” and returned to the jockey’s room.

“Marred.” The killing of a young, sentient being dismissed as a mere blemish on an otherwise glorious holiday afternoon. Racing’s moral bankruptcy laid bare, yet again.


The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 5-year-old R Free Roll is dead after breaking down during morning “practice” at Belmont yesterday. Along with the disclosure, of course, comes the familiar (and utterly meaningless) “investigation to follow.” R Free Roll was last raced on November 1, a $20,000 place-finish in Belmont’s “Pumpkin Pie Stakes.” This, as well as a 2014 graded-stakes win at Saratoga and over $600,000 “career earnings,” means her death will probably not go unnoticed.

This is horseracing.

(R Free Roll photos here)