Dead in NY: Cut the Check, Tuesday – euthanized for a “lung disease.” She had just turned three and was most recently raced (her very first) at Aqueduct in January. Same day, Hexotique was euthanized for an unspecified fracture. She, too, was three years old, but she had yet to be raced. This makes 1,762 dead horses at NYS tracks since they began making this type of information available in 2009.

In the $250,000 Latonia Stakes at Turfway yesterday, Vezpa “went wrong” and was subsequently “vanned off.” That, many of you surely know, is the Kentucky chartwriters’ go-to euphemism for dead. And indeed the six-year-old from Brazil is.

Killing its “athletes” every day – this is horseracing.