Fox On the Run at Thistledown yesterday: “had good early speed inside, suffered an injury at the half mile marker, was pulled up and euthanized.” This one line is a perfect microcosm of general industry callousness – a fully sentient being is killed (for gambling), yet the chartwriter still sees “had good early speed inside” as relevant information. Sick. The Jevon Crumley-trained Fox was six.

More from Thistle yesterday: Two other horses, Masterofthehounds and Country Club Bobby, bled, the latter “bilaterally” (through both nostrils). Again, this type of bleeding originates in the lungs. And, “Maracuja suffered an injury to her left front in deep stretch and was vanned off.” Sounds bad, probably was (I will of course update).

Supernova, the Gaming Commission says, died from, or was euthanized for, “apparent peritonitis” at Saratoga Wednesday. The death, it should be noted, came just two days after a training session. Supernova was two years old and being prepped for his debut.

This is horseracing.

The 5th at Canterbury yesterday for Malintent: “suffered an apparent catastrophic injury approaching the 3/16 marker while falling to the track and was vanned off.” Dead, I have confirmed. In that same race, Hpnotiq Rhythm “hit [his] fallen rival,” fell himself – but “was collected and walked off the course” (perhaps because the “van” was already occupied?). Incidentally, just two races back, May 7 at Oaklawn, the 3-year-old Malintent was similarly “vanned off” (after being “rank while attempting to pull up into the turn”). His abusers: Todd Veerhusen, Ronald Westermann.