This happened in the 3rd race at Thistledown yesterday: “Somewhere Up North…fell entering the turn…. Dialin Some Sass struck a fallen rival…. Bionic Rosie fell over a fallen rival…and was euthanized.” Bionic was four years old; she was under the whip for the 21st time. I will update on the other two as information comes in.

And here is what it looked like:

I can confirm that Dame of the West, a “fell, vanned off” in the 2nd at Emerald Saturday, is indeed dead. She was three and under the whip for the eighth time. As previously relayed, the race in question was stricken from Emerald’s website, a sure indication of the gruesomeness involved.

While Saratoga Race Course and the New York Racing Association, and all their apologists in the racing press, are busy gushing over the numbers – handle, attendance – for the just-completed meet, the killing continues. Yesterday, Cirona, a 3-year-old from Great Britain, “pulled up lame” training at Saratoga, was ambulanced off and subsequently euthanized (“suspected pelvic injury,” says the Commission). The Chad Brown-trained filly becomes the 14th victim of Saratoga ’21 – just one shy of its historical average. So tell me again how proud you are of your profits. Vile.

Mister Bobby, May 13, training – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Trucking Baron, Jun 29, stall – “chronic laminitis”
Strong Moment, Jul 16, racing – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on the course”
Pleasure Luck, Jul 18, racing (euthanized Jul 19) – “took a bad step”
Fattoria, Jul 19, training – “pelvic injury necessitating euthanasia”
Fiya, Jul 31, training – “injury to RH leg…euthanized”
Butter Lou, Aug 5, racing – “injured after wire, vanned to barn, euthanized”
Fifth Avenue Red, Aug 7, training – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Volpaia, Aug 10, training – “fell over rail, multiple injuries, euthanized”
Olympico, Aug 21, training – “RH condylar injury”
Wasn’t Me, Aug 26, training – “possible heart attack” (two years old)
America’s Joy, Aug 29, training – “fracture while breezing, broke neck in fall”
Tivoli Twirl, Sep 5, stall – “euthanized due to severe health complications”
Cirona, Sep 10, training – “pulled up lame, suspected pelvic…euthanized”