The California Horse Racing Board reports the training death of 4-year-old Native Heart at Golden Gate February 2:

“Midway through a workout…something went wrong. The horse suffered a compound fracture of the left fore ankle and was euthanized…”

And the beat goes on…

2-year-old Fire At Will is dead after breaking down in – or to be more accurate, after winning – the 8th yesterday at Los Alamitos. Track announcer Ed Burgart put it thus (Twitter): “Sad to report that Los Al Winter Derby winner Fire At Will was euthanized after shattering left knee past wire of Grade I win Saturday.”

Just another “shattered knee” – and another kill.

This is horseracing.

King’s Fortune’s last three races (all “claiming”):

Jun 27, Arlington: carted away by ambulance
Jul 30, Arlington: finished second-to-last
Aug 27, Arlington: “broke down” – dead

Thunder Deville’s only four races (all “maiden”):

Jul 16, Indiana: 10th of 11, 30+ lengths back
Jul 29, Indiana: last of 9, 41 lengths back
Aug 21, Indiana: last of 10, 34 lengths back
Sep 1, Indiana: (probably – Indiana refused to identify its dead) “fractured neck”

Schuylercountyline’s final three races (still “maiden claiming”):

Oct 23, Hawthorne: 8th of 11, 16+ lengths back
Dec 1, Hawthorne: last of 10, 55+ lengths back
Dec 18, Hawthorne: “open comminuted fracture, euthanized on track”

Abuse first – then killing.

This is horseracing.

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