The NYS Gaming Commission has finally confirmed the death of Cajun Commander, an “injured/placed in protective hold/vanned off” at Aqueduct Nov 12. He was four years old; ’twas his 13th time under the whip.

The New York Racing Association is now responsible for 60 dead horses (35 at Belmont, 13 at Saratoga, 12 at Aqueduct) this year, and 1,053 since 2009. And yet, this killing machine has the audacity (I’m trying to keep this post professional) to ask the state for a half a billion in state-backed bonds to renovate Belmont – with, even worse, the bonds being repaid with the corporate welfare they’re already receiving.

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At Aqueduct today, Stormy Lass, under the whip for the very first time, came in last, some 40 lengths back. Then, she collapsed and died. Collapsed and died – at the age of two. While this is the 84th NY kill on the year, it should only take this one – a baby crumpling, dying in her first race – for all New Yorkers of good conscience to forever forswear this rotten industry. As a postscript, the chartwriter also notes that Stormy was “fractious in the gate.” “Fractious,” because she knew her body was about to give out? Unfathomably cruel. Unspeakably sad. Horseracing.