Monzante, a former Grade 1 winner and half million dollar lifetime earner, is dead after breaking down at Louisiana’s Evangeline Downs on July 20th. He was nine. A onetime celebrated champion, the gelding, “talent” eroding, had descended to the lowest rung of competition, the decidedly unglamorous claiming race ($4,000, in this case). Monzante was traded three times in the last two years, with each new owner, like a used car shopper, hoping to squeeze out just a few more miles. A simple commodity. In truth, Monzante was worked to death, an ignominious fate surely awaiting many of this summer’s Saratoga starters.

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photo credit: Daily Racing Form

Saratoga Race Course recorded its first equine death of the season when four-year-old Black Rhino broke down while training on the Oklahoma Track July 18th. He was euthanized two days later. Last raced at Belmont on June 2nd, this beautiful creature is now dead before he was even done growing. This is horseracing.